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Friday, July 02, 2010

Anglican Growth and Playing Nice With Lutherans

VirtueOnline: Anglican Church in North America Divides up Continent for Evangelism and Growth

David Virtue reports on the strategy of the new Anglican Church in North America to divide up the continent for mission and evangelism.

I found two small lines in the article very interesting:
"The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod has lined up four meetings with ACNA representatives at seminaries later this year as the two denominations explore potential for Eucharistic sharing.

Sutton said as many as 150 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregations are considering a move to the ACNA. This will only increase prospects for further growth of the ACNA"
The LCMS is widely known for not playing nice having ecumenical relations with other believers, yet also being very solidly orthodox in their theology. This looks like a promising potential relationship.

Also, .... how ironic that ACNA, who are refugees from the Episcopal Church, are now potentially taking refugees from the the ELCA.

The growth of ACNA certainly is exciting. It really has not impacted New York State hard yet but I'm praying it does. Note these stats and a quote by Archbishop Robert Duncan:
"The Anglican Church in North America now has 614 congregations in 20 dioceses. More than 200 other congregations are ministry partners with the Anglican Church, including the congregations of The Anglican Mission in the Americas. The ACNA represents more than 100,000 Christians in North America.

Said Duncan, 'We have learned to describe our method for achieving this transformation in Christ Jesus as "converted individuals, in multiplying congregations, fueled by the Holy Spirit.'"

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