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Church Planting in the Anglican Tradition– 20 Truths From ‘Word and Sacrament’

“Beginning with our ecclesiology and moving to our missiology keeps us from an unhealthy pragmatism where the forms and functions of the church only have value if they achieve outward missional goals.” (53)

“The easiest way to pursue hospitality is to find people in your church who have a gift for it and let them loose.” (99)

“The Anglican Way of discipleship utilizes practices rooted in the ancient church that impart knowledge, shape our affections, and provide rites of passage along the journey.” (104)

“If evangelism is seen as something done to the lost and discipleship something offered only to the found, there will be an ever-widening gap between these two groups. We must see evangelism as the first steps in making disciples who will be sent again to the lost. Discipleship is not separated from mission; mission is discipleship, and discipleship is for mission.” (105-106)

“One of the greatest gifts for mission and discipleship provided by our Anglican heritage is our liturgy. Anglicans believe that worship and the words and actions we employ in it are not merely expressive, they are formative. Our liturgy does not simply articulate how we feel, think, and therefore act, but actively shapes our feeling, thinking, and action.” (122)

“I daresay that with such significance placed upon the office of preacher, we must consider it greater than our calling as a church planter. I am not suggesting we hide behind long sermon preparation to the neglect of the many tasks of church planting, but I am reminding planters that the purpose of preaching is not growing your audience—it is delivering the pure Word of God.” (152)

“I cannot overstate the point that every sermon must return to the crucified Christ, the need of the sinner to repent and be baptized, and the call for true believers to mature in their faith. This is the substance of every New Testament sermon and must be the central exhortation in each of ours. All roads lead to the cross and the resurrection.” (155)

“Anglican preaching, like all true preaching, is catholic in that we teach no new thing. We are stewards of the faith as this church has received it, and witnesses to the work of Christ. I love that in most of our liturgical services the Nicene Creed follows the sermon.” (157) 

“God is actively at work through his sacraments. For this reason, the sacraments should be central to our mission work.” (165)

“We do not gather a crowd in our plants by Easter-egg drops from helicopters…. We should instead create methods that embody the heart of the shared meal and the gathered community.” (186)

“Like assessment, many planters feel they do not need training; they have this figured out. But I can assure you: you don’t know what you don’t know, and you don’t know how what you do know will work in a ministry you have never done. You have been to church, and you have served in church leadership, but this is not the same.” (198)