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The Committee to Elect a Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York announces the opening of the time period to propose candidates for consideration to the office of Bishop Suffragan. The Profile describing the Diocese and Suffragan position as well as forms to Propose a Candidate and the Candidate Application Package may be found on the web at: http://suffragan.dioceseny.org. Candidates may submit their own names, or they may be proposed by others, beginning May 6th.
The period for proposing names of candidates ends at 5 p.m. Monday, June 3. Candidates may submit their application packages at any time; the final deadline for packages is 5:00pm, Friday, June 14.
The Special Convention to Elect a Bishop will be held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, on Saturday, December 7. Other details surrounding the timeline for the process may be found on the website.
The Diocese of New York is diverse in geography, culture, and demographics. It is composed of some 66,000 members, 72 deacons and 600 priests. It stretches from Staten Island to Sullivan County and from Wall Street to the Catskills. The Diocese encompasses ten counties that include some of the most densely populated urban landscape in the country and some of the least populated; some of the wealthiest parishes in The Episcopal Church, as well as parishes in the poorest communities. Most importantly, it is inhabited by children of God who are seeking a faithful pastor to join the people and clergy of the Diocese and our Diocesan Bishop in the work that God has given us to do.
We bid your prayers both for the Diocese and for those who will be in discernment to determine if this is the vocation to which God has called them.
Members of the Committee to Elect a Bishop are: Susan Heath, The Rev. Martha Overall, Tina Pinckney, David Shover, The Rev. Nora Smith, The Rev. Buddy Stallings, Chancellor of the Diocese George Wade, and Co-Chairs The Rev. Loyda Morales and The Rv. Wm. Blake Rider, Co-Chair.
The Committee may be contacted at email@example.com
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DALLAS/FT. WORTH, March 4, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ – In a truly healthy church, what one “principal qualification” of its leaders proves absolutely vital — yet is most often overlooked? Friendliness, perhaps? A vibrant personality? Or even people skills?
“While all prove beneficial,” attests world-renowned pastor, author and evangelist Dag Heward-Mills, “the sometimes surprising, yet critical component is loyalty” — that permeating attitude of faithfulness and authenticity which stands as “the very foundation of discipleship.”
In fact, in his newest book and first book published in the U.S., aptly titled Loyalty and Disloyalty (February 2013, Carpenter’s Son Publishing), Heward-Mills passionately shares how understanding the dynamics of these potent heart-attitudes can lead to a successful ministry of saving souls for Christ — bringing tremendous spiritual health and growth — or, in contrast, lead to strife, derision, a spirit of contempt and even ministry collapse.
“The Lord has laid on my heart the relevance and profound importance of this subject,” Heward-Mills explains. “First, the Scriptures are replete with detailed accounts of faithful and treacherous people.” Everyone can and should learn from them, he says.
“Secondly, my twenty years in the ministry have brought me face to face with loyal and disloyal people.” He then shares how he has seen both the positive impact and destructive power they have brought to churches and ministries. And that’s why, he explains, pastors cannot underestimate the importance of this teaching.
Indeed, Heward-Mills essentially brings every pastor a convenient “leadership seminar in a book,” offering eye-opening examples from Scripture, wisdom born from decades of leading a multi-faceted ministry, forthright discussion and practical tools in each chapter to help leaders formulate a personal “action plan.”
Throughout the twelve chapters, Heward-Mills candidly counsels readers to forge a proactive leadership by understanding the magnitude of these key principles:
- Why loyalty is important
- The five keys to shaping a culture of loyalty
- How to recognize stages of disloyalty and the scores of disloyalty markers
- How to determine if the statements leaders hear indicate disloyalty
- How to be a truly loyal assistant
- An insightful look at Judas’s betrayal of Christ
- How leaders can avoid disloyalty in their own character
- How to use a cleansing “north wind” to blow away divisive storms and attitudes within the church
- How to see the good fruit of loyalty bless a ministry
As a convenient enrichment tool, Loyalty and Disloyalty provides the perfect springboard for leaders to proactively engage their ministry team in purposeful, God-centered dialogue — a wisdom-rich “seminar,” so to speak, with built-in flexibility for leaders to hold whenever and wherever they deem best.
Four more books in the Loyalty and Disloyalty series — all discussing the dynamics of healthy church growth — are scheduled to follow this first release.
As the author of 75 books distributed worldwide, Pastor Dag Heward-Mills also leads a worldwide ministry and presides as Bishop of Lighthouse Chapel International, with almost 1,300 churches spread across the globe in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Australia, including 63 churches in 24 U.S. states. Heward-Mills holds highly-successful evangelistic outreaches called the “Healing Jesus Crusades” throughout Africa and other emerging countries and leads a myriad of other endeavors, including a Medical Missions Team, Bible training centers, schools, a hospital and orphanage, church leader conferences, a host of media outlets including an on-line television site and more.
“Only through God’s undeserved grace can I share my passion to see His Church flourish,” Heward-Mills confides. “Through His guidance, I want to give other pastors a chance to get on board and experience the blessings that authentic loyalty can truly bring.”
Proclaiming the Gospel to millions for over 20 years, Dag Heward-Mills Ministry leads the Healing Jesus Evangelistic Campaigns, oversees Bible training centers, schools, a hospital, an orphanage, and hosts church leader conferences, to advance the saving power of Christ. Bishop Heward-Mills is founder and presides over Lighthouse Chapel International, an organization with more than 1300 churches in 60 countries, including 63 in the U.S.
CAROL STREAM, Ill., Feb. 7, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Leadership Journal tackles a problem churches have struggled with for years. Many Christians feel if they are not called to fulltime ministry, they don’t have a calling at all. Without a sense of calling, they fail to see their work as meaningful and holy. At best they regard their jobs as useful for making money to fund missions and church ministry — the “real” work of the Lord. Even worse, churches often reinforce this destructive thinking by the way they run their ministries.
Leadership Journal asks what it would take for churches to affirm and equip Christian businessmen, plumbers, and stay-at-home mothers. In Uncommon Callings Skye Jethani writes, “Imagine a Christian community where followers of Christ are not merely focused upon church-based programs, but where they are taught how to commune with Christ and glorify and serve him wherever the individuals are called — in business, the trades, the arts, medicine, education, or elsewhere.”
There’s been rising interest in vocation in recent years, with many books being published on the topic and conferences springing up. “There are no second-class Christians or second class callings,” says Drew Dyck, Managing Editor of Leadership Journal. “It is essential for pastors to do a better job of affirming everyone’s vocation.” The latest issue of the journal also examines the pastoral calling. “As important as secular vocations are, we also need to uphold the call to full-time ministry,” says Dyck. To gain a better understanding of the pastor’s calling, Leadership Journal interviewed David Platt on how he understands his own calling into ministry.
Christianity Today is a nonprofit, global media ministry that serves the church through digital and print publications, as well as practical and accessible web resources that together reach more than 2.5 million people every month.
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hopes their new course will instill confidence and inspire people to volunteer to help teach the Faith.
More information about the course is available at Academy of Apologetics.
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Coast-to-Coast Worship Summits Focus on Theme of Spirit and Truth
Worship Leaders, Pastors, Artists, Scholars and Special Guests Gather to Facilitate Church Renewal Through Worship
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif., Jan. 18, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — The National Worship Leader Conference (NWLC), for six years the premier venue for educating, inspiring, and equipping worship leaders worldwide, will sponsor three conferences in 2013. This marks the first time the acclaimed gathering will be held in coast-to-coast locales: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, May 13-15; Leawood, Kansas, July 15-18 and a West Coast conference with a time and date to be announced.
Each conference will feature general sessions, three nights of worship, over seventy workshops and access to a wide array of worship-related resources, technology, and exhibitors. In addition, there will be preconference sessions on the topic of Choirs in Worship offered at each event.
Confirmed for all three conferences are keynote speakers Ian Morgan Cron (theologian and celebrated author) and Marva Dawn (scholar, compelling communicator, and author of the best selling “Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down“). Pastor James MacDonald, leader of the Vertical Church Movement is a main session speaker for Kansas. While a complete schedule of speakers, artists, songwriters, and special guests will be announced as available, a list of previous participants represents some of the most respected and influential artists, songwriters, and worship leaders in the world. These include Paul Baloche, Laura Story, Kari Jobe, Chris Tomlin, Israel Houghton, Gungor, William McDowell, Tommy Walker, David Crowder*Band, and Brenton Brown. Among featured keynote speakers have been Jeremy Begbie of Duke and Cambridge University; Francis Chan, author of Crazy Love; Passion Movement founder Louie Giglio; Rock Church pastor Miles McPherson; evangelist and dynamic pastor David Nasser; and leading scholar and prolific author Leonard Sweet.
“The expansion of our conferences is a direct outgrowth of the incredible response we’ve received over the years to the programs we provide,” remarks Dr. Charles Fromm, publisher of Worship Leader magazine and founder of Worship Leader Media and its associated live and online training. “From the beginning, our emphasis has been on engaging with God, personal growth, sharpening skill sets, and a one-on-one connection with the poets, preachers, and teachers — the thought leaders and musical exemplars at the forefront of worship today. We’ve consistently offered unique resources and opportunities geared for everyone from the pastor to the worship team leader; the songwriter to the audiovisual specialist. As a result, our attendance has grown to the point that multiple conferences are necessary to meet the demand. At the same time, we’ve established locales across the country to allow as many as possible to participate on a local level. 2013 marks a significant step forward in our goal of ‘resourcing worship and maximizing our ministry to the worship community.”
It was a goal first undertaken in the pages of Worship Leader, the magazine that, for over 20 years, has lead the discussion of worship in all its multicultural and multi-denominational incarnations, as well as providing an essential forum for historical perspectives and contemporary commentary. The National Worship Leader Conference has carried on that dialogue with an emphasis on personal interaction, direct contact with movers and shakers in worship, and the chance to share knowledge and experience with others in a wide range of disciplines.
As a part of that vital role, the theme for the three 2013 conferences will be “Spirit and Truth,” inspired by the account of Jesus and the Samaritan Woman in John 4:23: “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be his worshipers.”
The biblical account provides a compelling vision of the essentials of authentic worship. Remarks Fromm, “It’s worth noting that in the story of the Samaritan Woman, Jesus was responding to her question about the proper place to worship, whether it was in Jerusalem or on her tribe’s ancestral mountain. He directed her attention to the integrity and focus of worship, to ‘spirit and truth.’
“In the same way, we are often confronted with a choice between intellectual or emotional approaches to worship, just two of the aspects of spirit and truth. As Jesus affirmed in Mark 12:28-31 and Luke 10:26-28, loving God involves the totality of both.” Fromm points to the writings of acclaimed author and theologian John Piper to illustrate the concept of spirit and truth as it applies to the objectives of the National Worship Leader Conferences. “Piper wrote that ‘truth without emotion produces dead orthodoxy … emotion without truth produces empty frenzy…. True worship comes from people who are deeply emotional and who love deep and sound doctrine.’ What we want to begin to bring together at the conferences is the balance and harmony of these two crucial elements.”
To underscore that objective, Fromm cites another acclaimed writer and theologian, James MacDonald, founder of Harvest Bible Chapel. “He summed up the lessons of John 4 by saying that worship is not a matter of ‘where,’ but of ‘who,’” explains Fromm. “God seeks true worshipers, and true worship engages both the heart and the mind. This is especially important as it relates to church renewal. Our overriding aim is to facilitate that renewal through worship.”
The emphasis of the conferences on church renewal through “spirit and truth” is set against the backdrop of the enormous changes in information and communication technology that have occurred over the past 20 years. While conference workshops focus on every aspect of the modern worship experience, the purpose throughout is to utilize the tools of technology to create a more meaningful worship experience. At the same time, a wide range of classes are offered to provide historical and classic theological contexts that reach across Christian faith traditions, with the aim of enriching the worship experience. While acknowledging the constant and accelerating chances that characterize our contemporary culture, the conferences also emphasize the enduring values that are key to the concept of renewal: among them, prayer and the study of Scripture; respect for one’s individual faith tradition and local church community; and the role of innovation, creativity, and originality.
The theme of renewal extends into what is perhaps the single most significant aim of the National Worship Leader Conferences: to refresh, restore, and reinvigorate the individual worship leader. “These are three days dedicated to meeting the needs, and igniting the vision, of those who have been called to worship God in spirit and truth,” Fromm concludes. “It’s the personal interaction that counts, the chance to talk to, collaborate with, and learn from those who understand the challenges and opportunities, the joys and burdens of being a worship leader. We stand on the shoulders of giants and are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. If we can impart that sense of belonging and common purpose to those we seek to serve, then we will have accomplished our mission.”
That sense of personal enrichment is reflected in the many unsolicited testimonials received from attendees of previous conferences. “I never could have imagined,” wrote one, “how much God would use the anointing of the workshops and general session speakers to minister to me on a personal and spiritual level.” “The National Worship Leader Conference has reignited my passion for worship and music ministry,” was a typically enthusiastic response. Another stated simply that “God spoke to me and challenged me,” while a fourth put it this way, “It was wonderful to be surrounded by people who love and care about worship as much as you do.”
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — The Security Executive Council is pleased to announce that they will be working with Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Valley, CA in presenting the National Church Security Summit held on January 28th, 2013
“Churches are not immune from some of the same risks faced by secular organizations — violent attacks, theft, arson, burglaries, and fraud to name a few” says Mark Lex, Security Executive Council and lead emeritus faculty of the Council’s faith-based security practice. “Recent tragic events within the church have once again raised awareness to all new levels in protecting our sanctuaries and people.”
“This year’s summit is a bit different in that attendees will learn the basics of security and then be given an on-going opportunity in building their own resilience plans by working with peers and experts in Faith-Based Organization Working Groups™” says Ty Richmond, Sr. Vice-President of Security at Sony Pictures and one of the event’s key organizers. The keynote speaker for the event is Jeffrey Hawkins who is the Founder and former Principal of the Christian Security Network. Hawkins has consulted hundreds of churches on the topic of church security and risk resiliency and is often looked upon by print and broadcast media as an expert in this area. Hawkins has served as an Adjunct Professor and authored the book “Introduction to Security and Emergency Planning for Faith Based Organizations.”
About the Security Executive Council
The Security Executive Council is an innovative problem-solving research and services organization who works with Tier 1 Security Leaders™ to reduce risk and add to corporate and organization profitability in the process. A faculty of more than 100 experienced security executives provides strategy, insight and proven practices that cannot be found anywhere else. The Council is quickly becoming the foremost voice on organizational risk mitigation leadership www.securityexecutivecouncil.com or contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Shepherd of the Hills Church
Shepherd of the Hills Church (SOTH) is a nondenominational mega-church based in Porter Ranch, Los Angeles, California with a mission to lift up Christ that the world might believe! (John 3:14-15, John 12:32). SOTH is ranked in the top 100 of largest attended churches in the United States with over 7400 attendees. They are led by senior pastor Dudley Rutherford. www.theshepherd.org
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Joy Junction Sees Increased Need with Decreased Donations — Shelter Officials Concerned that Tax Reform and Other Policy Priorities Affect Joy Junction and the People it Serves
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“Church leaders are serving in an increasing complex world and we have more opportunities today to reach people than ever before,” says Rich Birch, the founder of UnSeminary. “My hope is that this year’s Ministry Trends Report will stir conversations in church leadership circles about how we can reach more people in 2013 than we did in 2012!”
View the infographic at the following link, www.unseminary.com/ministry-trends-2013-infographic.
The issues being covered by this year’s Ministry Trends report are:
- Mobile Ministry – Will 2013 be the year that churches start leveraging smart phones for ministry?
- Compassion Evangelism – How can we enlist seeking friends in compassion ministry as a bridge to Jesus?
- Data for Discipleship — Can churches leverage the data they have about people to help them grow?
UnSeminary | stuff you wish they taught in seminary
About Rich Birch
Rich is a senior ministry leader with over 15 years experience turning vision into reality in progressive churches. An early pioneer in the multisite church movement he led the charge in transforming a single church of 800 people to a movement of 12+ locations and 6,000 people. He’s an advisor to senior leadership teams to innovative churches across North America and a sought after speaker on communications, strategy, personal productivity and multisite at conferences like Orange and WFX. He currently serves at Liquid Church(www.liquidchurch.com) and is the primary contributor to UnSeminary (www.unseminary.com).
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The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter has been given land in Houston, Texas, on which to build its first chancery, or headquarters, Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson, the Ordinary, announced December 2nd.
During a Mass at Our Lady of Walsingham, the principal church of the Ordinariate, he said, “Today, I want to acknowledge with deepest gratitude a very generous gift from an anonymous donor to Our Lady of Walsingham and the Ordinariate: the gift of five acres. … This will be the future home of the chancery of the Ordinariate as well as serve future expansion needs of this wonderful, growing parish. It is an incredible blessing, and I know you all will want to say with me: To God be the glory.”
The property, purchased by donors for $5 million, is located on Westview Drive, immediately behind and contiguous with Our Lady of Walsingham, which is at 7809 Shadyvilla Lane, Houston. The parish site also includes a shrine to Our Lady of Walsingham.
Joining parishioners at today’s Mass were a number of Anglican priests from throughout the United States and Canada who are applying to become Catholic priests for the Ordinariate. The men were in Houston as part of the Ordinariate’s priest formation program.
Planning for the chancery design will begin later this month. Additional donors will be sought for the construction of the building. The Ordinariate currently has a small office at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, with most of the small staff located in other cities across the United States.
Pope Benedict XVI established the Ordinariate on January 1, 2012 for former Anglican groups and clergy seeking to become Catholic while retaining aspects of their Anglican heritage and liturgy. In one year, the Ordinariate, which is equivalent to a diocese, has grown to include 1,500 people across the United States and Canada, 35 communities and 24 priests. Msgr. Steenson, the Ordinary, is a former Episcopal bishop who became Catholic in 2007 and a Catholic priest in 2009.
For more information on the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, one of only two ordinariates in the world, visit www.usordinariate.org, Facebook, or www.walsingham-church.org.
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The 2012 “Forgotten Christmas” campaign is under way to empower pastors and church members to take a concrete step to reach and support their brothers and sisters in need during the holiday season.
“The meaning of Christmas in the West unfortunately has been lost in so much materialism every year, even by Christians,” said K. P. Yohannan, founder and president of Gospel for Asia, sponsor of “Forgotten Christmas.” “‘Forgotten Christmas’ is helping Christ-followers remember the priceless gift of the gospel and ‘the least of these,’ who have yet to hear it or have newly welcomed it.”
Many American Christians seem to have forgotten what the true meaning of Christmas is about. Even more have forgotten the most downtrodden and persecuted peoples around the world. “Forgotten Christmas” is especially committed to caring for “the least of these” in South Asia, a particularly overlooked region.
The free annual video produced by “Forgotten Christmas” helps pastors raise awareness about the consumerism that is smothering the true spirit of the holiday. Pastors can use the video in their sermons or programming to help refocus their congregations’ perspective.
Last year more than $500 billion was spent on Christmas. If even 1 percent of that spending was redirected, it could provide a bible for every person around the world, clean water for everybody in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal, or 400,000 church buildings for needy congregations in the third world.
This year’s video reminds viewers that amid the sparkly “giftapaloozas” – even at church gatherings — the key to Christmas is in sharing Christ, one gift at a time.
Free gift catalogs also give Christians a variety of giving opportunities, including purchasing sewing machines and livestock and supporting literacy education in needy areas. Pastors can distribute these catalogs to help their churches take the next step in recapturing the true meaning of Christmas. One hundred percent of funds sent through the catalog go to help those in need and to mission work. Not one cent is used for administrative expenses in the West.
To receive free videos, catalogs and church kits containing other promotional materials, visit www.forgottenchristmas.org.
“Forgotten Christmas” (www.forgottenchristmas.org) was established in 2010 to help Christians rediscover the true meaning of Christmas in giving to others in need. Since that time, their videos and catalogs have been used by hundreds of churches to challenge Christians to give to “the least of these” in South Asia.
Gospel for Asia (GFA), a Christian mission organization based in Carrollton, Texas, has brought the “good news” of Christ to millions in South Asia since its founding in 1978. GFA plants 14 fellowships a day and supports thousands of mission workers and assemblies among these forgotten groups. Thousands of young men and women — natives of the countries they will serve – are undergoing training for mission work at 67 GFA-supported Bible colleges throughout the region. In addition, GFA provides education, meals and healthcare to tens of thousands of South Asia’s impoverished children through its Bridge of Hope program. For more information, visit www.gfa.org or the ministry’s Facebook page.
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