I had an amazing and tiring 24 hours.
A few months ago, I was contacted by David Roseberry. He's the rector of Christ Church in Plano, Texas. That's the largest Anglican church in North America. He asked if our church could host a meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together the head pastors of large Anglican churches all over the U.S. and Canada for the purpose of forming a church-planting fellowship. This is part of something called Anglican 1000, a movement to plant a huge new crop of churches in the Anglican way.
I, of course, was thrilled to host the meeting. Church planting is very important to me, and I was honored to do whatever I could to help.
The meeting lasted for 24 hours (with a break for sleeping, of course). I tried to show the guys a Nashville good time: lunch from Baja Burrito, an in-the-round at the Blue Bird, that sort of thing. It was great to be with some folks I have known for years, as well as meet a bunch of others I had heard of but never met.
David had invited Ed Stetzer, a church planting expert I have tons of respect for. He had great things to say. He was challenging, but also encouraging. We had lively discussions, and I felt a real sense of comraderie with many of the other pastors.
At the end of our meeting, we inaugurated a new Simeon Fellowship. This will be a network of Anglican pastors who commit themselves to church planting in their local areas, supporting church plants across the continent, and fellowship with each other. Others will be joining, I'm sure, and I'm looking forward to inviting friends of mine to join us.
I love the Anglican way, and I am looking forward to what God is going to do.
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