Working with the Diocese of South Carolina to reach the Hispanic community with the goal of planting and growing biblical Anglican congregations locally and throughout the Americas. We work in partnership with more than 60 Anglican Churches in Latin America including Chile, Peru, Cuba, Brazil, and Mexico who are actively doing the same. It is also our goal to assist local congregations in partnering with Latin leaders and churches in the Global South.
Friday, April 14, 2017
I’d heard testimonies and stories, but after experiencing first hand what must be one of the most dynamic group of Anglican churches, I’m more excited than ever to gather together there later this year.
I believe that the church in Brazil has a key role to play in the future of the Gospel and of mission throughout the Americas and the rest of the world. There is much those of us from over countries can learn and receive.
In the following I’ll briefly highlight several missional characteristics I observed of the Brazilian church.
CREATIVITY IN MISSION
COMPASSION IN MISSION
TECHNOLOGY IN MISSION
THE HISTORY OF A MOVEMENTThe Brazilian church has a fascinating history not unlike that of the ACNA. In 2004 after decades of fighting to remain true to the Gospel in the midst of the liberal Episcopal Province of Brazil, the diocese of Recife separated from the province and for a period of time came under the covering of the then named Province of the Southern Cone with Archbishop Greg Venables. In 2008, with the formation and the first gathering of GAFCON in Jerusalem, as a diocese they came under GAFCON’s covering as the ACNA was also similarly forming. Finally finding stability within this new orthodox structure, a period of mission and multiplication began. (To read more of this story, see the story on GAFCON’s blog here).
Now, 12 years later, they’ve planted 35 congregations coming to a total of 47 congregations spread throughout Brazil and have begun the process of becoming a province. On June 3rd, 3 new bishops will be consecrated who will be tasked with supervising different regions of the country. Also, at GAFCON’s request the Anglican Church in Brazil (ACB- Diocese of Recife) is beginning to provide episcopal covering for orthodox Anglican congregations in Central America and the North of South America who no longer in good conscience can stay within their dioceses or provinces. The first congregation to enter this new province in formation in this way is Iglesia Anglicana La Vid in Bogotá, Colombia.
WALKING TOGETHER (CAMINEMOS JUNTOS) IN THE AMERICASThis theme for this year’s conference is: PASSION FOR THE AMERICAS: EQUIPPING, MOBILIZING, PLANTING. The Brazilian evangelical church has a long history and tradition of mobilizing and sending, having recently become the 2nd largest country in terms of numbers of overseas missionaries sent. Part of our hopes for this year’s conference is to learn from Brazil’s example of church planting and multiplication and together learn how to further equip the Global South churches like Brazil and Chile to send missionaries and church planters throughout the Americas and the world.
With all this in mind, I invite you to begin the process of forming the team with which you will be coming to Recife in October for the conference. I believe that this gathering is key for the future of the church in the Americas and will be a profoundly transformational time, not only for each individual but also for each region and country represented. I invite you to begin praying, both for the resources to be able to come, and for the people that the Lord is calling you to bring with you. Maybe you are asking: Who can I bring with me? Who is this gathering for? As a movement we believe that the mission of God is for all the people of God. This year’s conference will be especially powerful for youth, songwriters/worship leaders, for those exploring a missionary call and for those interesting in evangelism, discipleship and church planting.
We encourage you to get the most out of your trip and time. There will be pre-conference events beginning October 3rd and congregational visits after the conference on October 8th. We encourage everyone who can to arrive Monday the 2nd and return Sunday evening or Monday morning the 9th.
For those limited in time who can only attend the actual conference, please arrive Wednesday October 4th and plan on departing Saturday, October 7th. You won’t regret this investment in the future of the Church and her mission throughout the Americas.
-Rev. Jonathan Kindberg
Co-Coordinador of the Caminemos Juntos movement