A Month to Remember
Our Third Anglican Leadership Institute is now history. Sixteen marvelous Anglican leaders have now rejoined their families and resumed their ministries.
And what a great group they were. They spanned the full Anglican spectrum:
** from the Rector of a comfortable downtown parish in a mid-sized Australian city to the General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Burundi where tribal strife looms on the horizon;
** from a Rector in Brunei where Sharia Law prevents him from even having a Christmas tree outside the Church to a leader of young adults in a large Brazilian church who rides the waves and surfs in his spare time;
** from a bishop in northern Nigeria where the custom is that unless a man "steals" another man's wife his own wife might accuse him of "not really being a man" to the assistant Rector of a booming Northern Ireland church where evangelism brings reconciliation between Protestants and Catholics;
** from a former "Lost Boy" of South Sudan who runs a diocese that cannot afford him any salary and whose family must live in exile to an Australian who is Administrative Assistant to the former President of GAFCON...
And on it goes. 16 marvelous people -- all Anglicans from 12 enormously different socio-economic situations living in cultures vastly different from each other. Yet they were united in Jesus Christ and experiencing the joy of becoming a family. Our closing dinner was a time of deep prayer followed by hugs all around. Those Africans love to hug.
We spent nearly four weeks learning, laughing and listening to one another's experiences. Afternoon trips to Goodwill where bags of clothing would be purchased for just a few dollars, to meeting with the Mayor of Charleston, and hearing a Medal of Honor winner share his view of leadership. Each day involved study, prayer, discussion and eating. And, yes, eating Western food (including oysters that took some coaxing) that they devoured thanks in large part to our gifted hostess/cook.
We visited several local churches and most participants either spoke or preached in them. We had a fascinating open lecture for the Charleston community where our British theologian reflected on the meaning of BREXIT and the US Presidential election and the challenges they bring to our Christian discipleship. His talk was well-received, though it received some push back.
Our week-long teachers came from Vancouver, Philadelphia and London and Charleston. Each shared their expertise on Post-Modernism, Biblical counseling, historical leaders who brought renewal to the church through the ages, and the spirituality and family life of a leader. Their lectures will soon be on our website. Visits from accomplished business C.E.O’s. and input from bishops including our own Mark Lawrence all rounded out a month that was rich in content but left time for great fun together.
We held a morning on biblical counseling for diocesan clergy that was very well attended and sparked some great Q & A from the floor.
Each weekday morning a local priest arrived to become our "chaplain-of-the-day". He or she led in worship and shared thoughts from the daily lectionary. They were then interviewed about the distinctives of their ministries. Visitors learned a lot about us as we shared what God was doing in this diocese.
Our trustees and local friends put on a Low Country "Boil", an Oyster Roast, a Saturday tour of downtown Charleston followed by an 18th. Century luncheon, and a Sunday afternoon English Tea. Sandra provided participants with warm coats, sweaters and scarves to insulate them against our January breezes.
There was so much more. Three churches provided full funding for one participant, and other churches contributed what they could. Many individuals made donations also enabling us to offer our sixteen visitors a first-class experience led by the Holy Spirit. Our next A.L.I. will be September, 2017 and then again next January -- 2018.
Epiphany is a season when we reflect on the global mission of the Church. What a great way to spend it – in the company of men and women from all over the globe who love our Lord Jesus Christ, and are spreading his word in places some of us have just heard of. To God be the glory.
Peter C. Moore, D.D.
Inaugural Anglican Leadership Institute January 2016:
South Carolina Statement
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
-NIV Romand 12:6 - 8
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we, the participants of the inaugural Anglican Leadership Institute (ALI) - 14 delegates, including 5 bishops, and 9 clergy from 11 countries, we give special thanks to the Rt. Rev. Mark Joseph Lawrence, the Bishop of the diocese of South Carolina for his insightful vision that gave birth to the Anglican Leadership Institute and his commitment to train emerging youth Anglican leaders.
We are deeply grateful to the Very Rev. Dr. Peter Moore, the Director of Anglican Leadership Institute, and Sandra his wife. We are thankful for his indefatigable hard work in implementing the vision alongside his local and international boards. With much satisfaction and gratitude we equally extend our appreciation to the faculty and chaplains of ALI and all the Rectors and Laity of the different churches that have blessed us with warm hospitality. We appreciate the hard work of Jay and Laura Crouse, Pauge Tanenbaum and the Ambassadors. And, a special thanks to our chief, Mr. Clint McCotter.
We take home rich memories of our time during the Institute at Sullivan's Island.
We met with great joy in the Sullivan's Island, South Carolina from 3rd to 31st January 2016. We gathered each day for prayer and Bible Devotion, studied several selected reformation figures, studied the subject of preaching and leadership, studied the book of Prophet Malachi, engaged with the subject of religious freedom, shared in the insights of godly retired CEOs of government and private corporations, reflected on our ecclesiastical heritage, and examined a variety of case studies of leadership within the communion.
It was very touching that our meeting took place at the same time when the Primates of the Anglican Communion met in Canterbury, England. Our hearts were grateful for the statement they issued regarding the Episcopal Church. In meeting here we have been able to express publicly that ALI is one of the avenues of bringing the much desired leadership that transforms society. Our hope is that ALI may bring to our suffering and broken world the kind of leadership that will effect true and lasting transformation.
In our conference, we covenant to be committed to bringing transformation of the Anglican Church through our Anglican leadership in our respective regions and we commit to praying for each other. We appreciate the fact that Bishop Mark Lawrence came to us at the Institute, welcomed us, and articulated his vision: the diocesan vision for ALI; and, that he shared his heart with us as he spoke on Spirit-filled Leadership. We believe that ALI, championed by the diocese of South Carolina, will serve as an important and effective instrument of bringing leadership transformation in the community now and in the years to come.
ALI & Its Future
As the first participants in the Institute, we have enjoyed a distinguished curriculum. It is different from all other kinds of leadership Institutes offered around the world by the fact that it is at its heart Anglican Leadership. For this reason it has a particular character: Anglican.
There is much we can learn from ALI arising out of its commitment to equip young Anglican leaders to bring about the much-desired transformation. Out of the inaugural ALI three significant features of great relevance to our Anglican context have emerged. These are:
a) We receive critical lessons from the selected reformation figures on how they led the church against all odds, by standing on the truth of the Word of God at great cost to their lives.
b) We gain confidence that servant and gospel-centered leadership has the power both to save the lost and to transform the church, in contrast to the church being conformed to the world.
c) We gain much insight from moments of one-on-one interactions and sharing of contextual leadership experiences.
Strengthening the ALI
We are committed to the future of the ALI and to that end we have decided to take some humble steps to strengthen our Anglican Leadership skills.
We have resolved to be more than a network of Anglican leaders. By the grace of God we are an effective expression of young Anglican leadership and therefore, recognizing our place and responsibilities, we must organize the leadership constituencies in our respective institutions in a way that demonstrates the seriousness of the objectives of ALI. These are threefold:
1. Living what we have learnt at ALI.
2. Constantly building our leadership skills.
3. Deliberately raising young Anglican leaders.
Our Lord's command is 'to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you' (Matthew 28:19-20). We believe therefore that our first priority must be to Anglican leaders who make disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ. This means that our Anglican leadership must be committed to:
a) Preaching and Leadership. It is with its preaching that we lead. Providing Anglican leadership in areas of our world where clear gospel witness has become obscured or lost, our leadership through good biblical preaching should bring the gospel to unreached peoples. Much of our energy must be devoted to leadership that brings gospel to children and young people in the Anglican Institutions we lead; and developing the Anglican leaders of the future.
b) Providing genuine gospel leadership initiatives, recognizing that there are times when the maintenance of structures can constrain leadership devoted to the proclamation of the gospel.
c) Constantly guarding against obstacles to gospel-centered leadership. We shall continue wisely to expose any false leadership that is not consistent with apostolic leadership; and, clearly to articulate the gospel-centered leadership in the church and in the world.
We are committed to providing leadership that honors Jesus Christ as the head of the Church, the authority of his Word and the power of his gospel.
Therefore, in the power of the Holy Spirit -
1. We covenant ourselves to pray for each other and to establish a network that will allow us to continue in communion to support each other.
2. We covenant ourselves to give greater priority to lead as Anglicans in the way Jesus did: servant leadership.
3. We covenant ourselves to transform our societies through the Anglican institutions and churches in which we serve.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21 New Living Translation)
29th January 2016
INAUGURAL ALI JANUARY 2016 FELLOWS
1. The Rt. Rev. Sadock Y. Makaya, Tanzania
2. The Rt. Rev. Joseph Mutungi, Kenya
3. The Rt. Rev. Jacob W. Kwashi, Nigeria
4. The Rt. Rev. Cyril Kobina Ben Smith, Ghana
5. The Rt. Rev. Stanley Hotay Tsaxra, Tanzania
6. The Venerable Sammy Morrison, Chile
7. The Rev. Canon Samuel Kauhma, Uganda
8. The Rev. Michael Yemba, South Sudan
9. The Very Rev. Dr. Samy Shehata, Egypt
10. The Rev. Canon Dr. Alred Olwa, Uganda
11. The Rev. Canon Dr. Rebecca Margaret Nyegenye, Uganda
12. The Rev. Dr. Paul Htinya, Myanmar
13. The Rev. David Booman, USA
14. The Rev. Deacon Sandipan Sinha, India