“The LORD has done great things for us and we are glad.” Psalm 126:3
Lately I’ve been thinking about all the Lord has done for All Saints these many years. From a Bible study meeting in a living room 16 years ago, through many twists and turns, the Lord has grown All Saints into a thriving, multi-generational congregation that continues to draw all kinds of folks into the Anglican tradition of following Jesus. Audrey and I often remark in awe that our once quiet halls are filled with the laughter of children, that families continue to grow, and that every time a bishop visits we have an impressive group of folks desiring to commit to the Anglican Way. Surely the Lord has done great things for us! And our story is not unique: The Lord is doing something exciting through the Anglican Church in North America! The ACNA has transformed over the last few years into a movement increasingly focused on church planting, evangelism and deep discipleship. In conversations with our bishops, it’s not hard to hear their excitement about reaching those who do not know Jesus with the transformative power of the Gospel.
For the last few years, we’ve been talking about the possibility of planting another church in Springfield. I’m sure that sometimes, it has felt like all we’ve been doing is talking about it! But there has been significant prayer, discernment and waiting on the Lord for his timing and his plan to become clear. Through many developments over the last year, it’s become clear that the Lord is calling us to step out and begin the process of planting another church.