Synod 2013 Talks
Here are talks (sermons, sessions, and testimonies) from Synod 2013, November 15-16, 2013. Click on the title of the talk to hear the audio. You may also find featured talks in the DOMACAST Podcast, available for free in the iTunes Store here (preview) or here (iTunes Store). You may listen to episodes online, download to your device, or subscribe.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013
Sermon: What Hinders our Gospel Mission?
The Rev. David Drake, Rector
Church of the Resurrection, Baltimore, MD
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2013
SYNOD MAIN SESSION TALKS
Morning Prayer Sermon: The Way of the Cross
The Rt. Rev. John Guernsey
Bishop, Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic
The Bishop's Report to the Synod
The Rt. Rev. John Guernsey
Bishop, Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic
L10-2: Into the Harvest Field
Hear inspiring testimonies from new churches admitted to the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, as well from those who are currently planting churches as part of the L10-2 Church Planting in the diocese.
• New Congregation: All Nations DC, Washington, DC
• New Mission: New Creation Church, Hagerstown, MD
Report from the Great Commission Committee
The Rev. Clancy Nixon, chair of the Great Commission Committee of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, presents his report to Synod 2013.
Proposed Percentage Asking
The Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic is considering a proposal for percentage askings in the diocese. Bishop Guernsey outlines the proposal to the Synod 2013 gathering, requesting the local congregations to reflect and discuss the proposal in the coming year.
Report from GAFCON 2013
The Rev. David Hanke, rector of Restoration Anglican Church (Arlington, VA) reports on his experiences while attending GAFCON 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya, as a representative of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic.
The Ordination Process
The Rev. Jack Grubbs, chair of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic Ordination Committee, reports on the details of how the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic is approaching the ordination process.
Heaven, Hell and Universalism with the Rev. Gerald McDermott. Is there an eternal hell? Or is heaven the destiny for all? This session will examine the history—and growing popularity—of the false doctrine of universal salvation, scrutinizing it biblically and theologically, and showing how damaging it is to mission.The Rev. Gerald McDermott, a priest of our Diocese, is the Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion at Roanoke College. He has written thirteen books in systematic theology, church history, and spirituality. His co-authored The Theology of Jonathan Edwards (Oxford University Press) won Christianity Today’s 2013 Book Award for Theology and Ethics.
DOMA’s New Protection of Children Policy and Program with Lindsey Feldman, the Rev. Becki Neumann and the Rev. Andy Terry. The Diocese has adopted a new policy for the protection of children, which must be implemented in the coming year. This workshop will help clergy and lay leaders understand the importance of this policy and the steps that you’ll need to take to put it into practice and safeguard our children. Lindsey Feldman is Children’s Ministries Director at All Saints’ Church, Woodbridge, VA; the Rev. Becki Neumann is Rector of Christ Church, Loudoun County, VA, and the Rev. Andy Terry is Deacon at All Saints’ Church, Woodbridge, VA.
Life Issues and My Church with Georgette Forney. Abortion and Euthanasia are two well-known life issues that are often seen as political topics to be avoided in church. But our people are dealing with these issues, and they need the church to address them from a pastoral perspective. This workshop will provide practical pastoral tools and resources to equip lay and ordained leaders for life decisions and to reach out with the love of Jesus. Georgette Forney is in her 15th year as President of Anglicans for Life, the only global Anglican ministry dedicated to helping the Church address abortion, abstinence, adoption, euthanasia, and embryonic stem cell research. She is also the co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, an effort to raise awareness about the physical, spiritual and emotional harm abortion does to women and to let those who are hurting from abortion know help is available. Georgette had an abortion at age sixteen and later experienced healing, forgiveness and reconciliation after going through an abortion recovery program.
Social Media and the Great Commission with Mary Ailes. Sometimes it may seem like everyone is using online social media to communicate. Even the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Pope are regular users of Twitter. Most churches now are expected to have an active Facebook page as well as their website. How do we effectively and responsibly use social media tools to reach out in practical ways with the love of God and the Good News of Jesus Christ? Where should we be cautious and discerning in using these tools? How do we develop social media resources? Mary Ailes is Director of Communications for the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic. She has extensive experience in communications and social media in the church, including seven years as an international media accredited blogger for BabyBlueOnline.org covering Anglican events including conventions, synods, councils, and the Lambeth Conference in 2008.
Who, Me, Plant? Who, Us Plant? with the Revs. Clancy Nixon and Tom Herrick. This workshop will illuminate several ways any size church, its rector and any parishioner can participate in church planting in our Diocese. Hint: money is not necessary! You will learn: how to inspire and identify potential church planters; how people with spiritual gifts of mercy, helps, administration, intercession, and evangelism can participate; and the many ways L10-2 (the planting arm of the Great Commission Committee) can help you and your church. Clancy and Ginger Nixon began Church of the Holy Spirit in Leesburg in their living room with ten people in 2000 and now average 190 in Sunday worship on three campuses. He also chairs the Great Commission Committee and L10-2. email@example.com. Tom and Carol Herrick planted Christ the Redeemer Church in Centreville in 1992. For several years now, he has been full time with the Titus Institute for Church Planting, coaching planters, consulting with dioceses and churches, and teaching at Gordon Conwell Seminary. firstname.lastname@example.org.