Synod 2014 Teachings and Reports
Here are talks (sermons, sessions, and testimonies) from Synod 2014, November 14-156, 2014. Click on the title of the talk to hear the audio. You may also listen to DOMACAST, the official podcast of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, 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 14, 2014
Sermon: The Light of the World
The Rev. Bill Haley, Executive Director
Coracle, Quicksburg, VA
The Rev. Dr. John Yates, Rector
The Falls Church Anglican, Falls Church, VA
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2014
SYNOD MAIN SESSION
Morning Prayer Sermon: Walking in the Light
The Rev. Becki Neumann
Rector, Christ Church, South Riding, VA
The Bishop's Report to the Synod
The Rt. Rev. John Guernsey
Bishop, Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic
Testimonies from New Mission Congregations
Hear inspiring testimonies from new mission congregations admitted to the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic.
• The Rev. Jay Baylor, Church of the Apostles in the City, Baltimore, MD
• The Rev. James Swynford, Incarnation Church, Yorktown, VA
The Rev. Clancy Nixon honored for service on the Great Commission Committee
The Rev. Clancy Nixon, who has served as co-chair of the Great Commission Committee, steps down from the position and is honored by Synod 2014.
Report from the Great Commission Committee
The Rev. Dr. Tom Herrick, Canon for Church Planting and Chair of the Great Commission Committee of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, presents his report to Synod 2014.
The Diocesan Treasurers Report
Gary French, Treasurer of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, presents his report and the 2015 Budget.
Report from the Constitution and Canons Committee
The Rev. Erin Bair, Chair of the Constitution and Canons Committee, presents her report from the committee as well as several amendments for adoption by Synod 2014.
Report from the Protection of Children Policy Committee
The Rev. Becki Neumann reports on the development and implementation of the Protection of Children Policy 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.
Sharon Steinmiller of the New Wineskins Missionary Network shares how Anglicans are engaging in global mission.
An Introduction to the Thirty-Nine Articles
The Rev. Canon Phil Ashey
The Thirty-Nine Articles are the summation of the “confessed faith” that all Anglicans share from the Reformation forward, the statement of classic Biblical, Apostolic, catholic and reformed faith. This workshop will introduce you to this wonderful resource of our faith, and the practical implications of this Confession for all Christians who seek to follow Jesus in the Anglican way.
The Rev. Phil Ashey is Chief Executive Officer of the American Anglican Council. A deputy district attorney before going to seminary, Phil previously served as rector of South Riding Church and associate rector of Church of the Apostles, as well as rector of churches in Pennsylvania and California. In the Anglican Church in North America, he has been appointed by Archbishop Beach to be Canon for Strategic Mission and chair of the Governance Task Force.
The Spiritual Life of a Leader
The Rev. Canon Mary Maggard Hays
Christian leaders throughout the centuries have discovered the spiritual disciplines that have drawn them closer to God and enabled them to live the Christian life. This session investigates the qualities and skills of a godly and effective leader and suggest how particular spiritual disciplines can develop your leadership abilities and help those you serve to grow in Christ.
The Rev. Mary Maggard Hays is Canon to the Ordinary in the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh, a post she has held for 16 years. In this role, she has focused on equipping parishes and their leaders, with specific responsibilities for church planting, the ordination process, deployment, churches in search, congregational development, and leadership training. Prior to that she was Dean of Students and taught in the areas of leadership and spiritual formation at Trinity School for Ministry and served on the staff of both Truro Church and All Saints’ Church, Woodbridge.
Praying for the Persecuted Church
The Rev. Valarie Whitcomb and Sharon Steinmiller
Many of us are aware of the tremendous pressure that is upon persecuted Christians around the world. This session is an opportunity to pray for some of these critical situations facing our brothers and sisters. Led by two gifted prayer leaders with a heart for missions, this prayer time will also help equip you for more effective group prayer in your church.
The Rev. Valarie Whitcomb was Associate Rector of All Saints’ Church (Woodbridge, VA) for twenty years until her retirement in 2009. She has a great passion for intercessory prayer and has had a long-standing involvement in world mission through short-term missions with SOMA and service on the board of the New Wineskins Missionary Network.
Sharon Steinmiller has been the Director of New Wineskins Missionary Network since 1994. Before beginning work with New Wineskins in 1987, she taught English to businessmen and university faculty in China from 1981 to 1985, where she and her teammates were the first Christians most of their students had ever met. She also worked as an international student specialist with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Sharon directs the tremendously influential New Wineskins Missions Conference and she has had a strategic leadership role in the missions community of our Church.
Raising Your Church’s Profile in the Community
The Rev. Dr. Tom Herrick
Are you tired of your church being the best kept secret in your community? Come hear what a number of churches are doing to become more “visible” to their neighbors. This workshop will focus on effective, inexpensive ways to get the word out about who you are and what you are doing to usher in God’s Kingdom in your community. You will be encouraged and motivated as you hear about practical ways you can easily put into practice to let your light shine even brighter.
The Rev. Dr. Tom Herrick is the Executive Director and founder of of the Titus Institute for Church Planting, coaching planters, consulting with dioceses and churches, and teaching at Gordon Conwell Seminary. With his wife, Carol, he planted Christ the Redeemer Church in Centreville in 1992. He will be joining the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic staff part-time on January 1, 2015, as the Canon for Church Planting.