OUR STORY

For generations, the United States sent missionaries to the far reaches of the globe. Ironically, the United States is now home to the largest population of un-churched and spiritually disconnected English speaking people in the world (130 million). The American church has seen a steady stream of people leaving, often citing spiritual restlessness, apathy, or a sense that there must be “more.” There is still a deep hunger for meaning, significance and deeper questioning, but the church is no longer the place our culture turns to explore those questions.

However, the global Christian story is very different from the American story. Christianity is experiencing a dynamic renewal and expansion in many other parts of the world, including Africa and Asia. America is now considered by many to be a mission field. In 2000, Through the courageous witness and leadership of Archbishops Emmanuel Kolini of Rwanda and Moses Tay of Southeast Asia, a church-planting movement was born to reach people in North America.

Over the 16 years the Gospel was proclaimed, scores of new Anglican churches were planted, dozens of distressed churches were given a place of effective service, new bishops were consecrated to serve the expanding movement, and many new clergy were raised up for Christ’s church. The Anglican Church of Rwanda served throughout that time as a source of spiritual encouragement, guidance and inspiration for this growing movement.  We have been shaped by their holistic missionary heart and through the remarkable work of reconciliation after the 1994 genocide.

Recognizing the work of God in the forming of the Anglican Church in North America, the Anglican Church of Rwanda released the American Churches into the Anglican Church of North America in June of 2016.  This was a move to strengthen the work of the church in North America as well as to keep strong connection with Rwanda.  In 2016 the diocese of the Rocky Mountains was formed as part of the Anglican Church in North America.

OUR VALUES

ANCIENT FAITH. GLOBAL RELATIONSHIPS. LOCAL MISSION.

To encourage existing churches and plant new churches that are soaked in the Gospel, bring restoration and life, and make disciples in an Anglican Context.

Ancient Faith

We are rooted in the three streams: Word, Sacrament, and Spirit.

  • We place special emphasis on the reading and study of God’s Word. The Bible shapes our imagination, worship, values, practices and common life.
  • We are rooted in the rhythms and beauty of worship shaped over the centuries – we have a story and we have a history that help us to be rooted and relevant.  We are liturgical, practicing holistic Christian formation that involves the head, the heart, and the body, emphasizing imagination as well as information, and producing disciples with gospel-shaped desires.  We believe that liturgy is a form of hospitality, enabling people from all walks of life to participate together in worship.
  • We are completely dependent on the Holy Spirit’s presence, power and movement. 

Global Relationships

 We are shaped by the Global Church, specifically Rwanda.

  • Church is not the work of individuals, but of communities that are part of the larger global community of believers.  We are committed to a highly relational way of living and working together that spans culture and geography.
  • We seek a global understanding of the faith, recognizing that a connection to the poor pulls us out of a consumer driven, success oriented version of Christianity.
  • We are encouraged, humbled and transformed by sharing a common story with Christians from across the globe.
  • Culture is a gift of God and we honor both differences and points of unity, seeking to learn and to grow in understanding as we serve together.

Local Mission

We are shaped and defined by the Gospel

  • We are committed to an understanding of the gospel that brings God’s renewal of all things, including personal, societal, and cultural, as well as creation itself, through Jesus Christ, the risen king.  This renewal a gift of grace, and not earned.
  • We believe mission is holistic and that we are called to take risks for the Kingdom, serving creatively, sacrificially and compassionately.
  • We love to see God at work in people and institutions. While we have modest expectations of our own abilities, we have enormous expectations for what the Lord will do.
  • Our churches are programmatically simple, minimizing bureaucracy; community oriented, embracing the truth that healthy churches are inherently inefficient, because relationships are inefficient; led by equippers who seek to empower people to fully utilize their gifts to be the presence of Christ in the world.
  • We are flexible and committed to movement over structure, favoring organic over programmatic growth.
OUR LEADERSHIP

LEADERSHIP

The Rt. Rev. Ken Ross
Bishop
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The Rev. Canon Matt Burnett
Canon to the Ordinary
Clergy Formation
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The Rev. Canon Billy Waters
Church Planting
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The Rev. Canon Jay Greener
Theology
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The Rev. Jay Holsted
Clergy Care
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The Rev. Amanda Holm Rosengren
College of Deacons
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Mr. Ian Speir
Chancellor
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ADMINISTRATION LEADERSHIP

Anna Holsteen
Diocese Administrator
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Mark Billingslea
Treasurer
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Linda Nkosi
Communications
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DIOCESAN LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

The Rev. Sarah Anderson

Robert Brenner

Becki Carrico

The Rev. Canon Jay L. Greener

The Rev. Heath Hale

The Rev. Rob Paris