Evensong to celebrate the ministry of The Right Reverend Neil Gedney Lebhar on August 26, 2022 at 5:00 pm. Read More.

Bishop-Elect Farmer will be consecrated at St. Peter's Anglican Cathedral on August 27, 2022 at 11:00 AM. Read More.

To encourage missional initiatives and the planting of congregations.

 

Why Plant Churches?

Church Planting Curacies

This five-year program, including up to two residential years in an established parish, aims at raising up leaders to plant new congregations around the Gulf Atlantic Diocese. It represents a threefold partnership between the planter, the host parish, and the diocese.

Potential Church Planting Curates undergo an “assessment” process, and if the gifts and calling for church planting are discerned, they are connected to a host parish, and are eligible to receive funding, training, and ongoing coaching.

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Mission Society

This Society seeks to follow the Holy Spirit and empower laypeople for the spontaneous expansion of the Church through networks of house churches.

Under the authority of the local bishop, we operate with a similar structure as many Anglican churches in the Global South, where one parish with one rector might have multiple congregations, each led by “lay catechists.”

 

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Meet Our Church Planters

Learn more about their stories and how you can partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.

 

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Nick Audas

Common Table Church
Orlando, FL

After serving on staff with Cru (a global Christian nonprofit focused on evangelism and discipleship on college campuses) for a decade in Tampa and New York City, Nick and Sofia are carrying their passion for helping others encounter Jesus and follow Him into the local church. Now living and serving in Orlando, FL. They are planting Common Table Church, an Anglican expression of the historic Christian faith, in their neighborhood. Their vision is to plant a church that reaches those who would not normally set foot inside the doors of a typical church. They long to see those near and far brought to God's table, "that His house may be full"(Luke 14:23).

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The Rev. Dr. Bob Ayres

DEAFCHURCH TOGETHER
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Bob and Kathy Ayres have been involved in Deaf ministry since the middle 1980s and in 2000, established Deaf Teen Quest (DTQ), now a national ministry model of Youth For Christ USA. They have six adult children who came to them through adoption (two of whom are Deaf) and a dozen delightful grandchildren!

God stirred up a vision in Fr. Bob’s heart for establishing DEAFCHURCH TOGETHER, a Deaf Liturgical Church movement, based on the model of multiple home and community congregations as part of a regional parish connected by online weekly liturgical services in American Sign Language. He is the founding pastor/priest of DEAFCHURCH TOGETHER and has published two books on Deaf ministry: Deaf Diaspora: The Third Wave of Deaf Ministry and DEAFCHURCH 21: Vision for a New Generation.

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The Rev. Paul and Kim Hassell

Jacksonville, FL

Prior to coming to Jacksonville in 2019, Paul spent 25 years in ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in OH and PA. Paul graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Biology Education and a Masters of Arts in Religion from Trinity School of Ministry. Paul and his wife, Kim, have five children. 

Christ Church Jacksonville is the launching pad for their new church plant. After a couple of years as assistant pastor, Paul and Kim will plant a church in metro-Jacksonville. Prayer, investigation, and growing a launch team is underway.

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Lenny and Caly Konschewitz

The Table Church
St. Johns County, FL

Lenny and Caly Konschewitz, former missionaries and church planters in Europe, heard a call from the Lord to plant a church in Florida, in particular St. Johns County. Lenny writes, "Our desire is to reach more people with the Gospel, and planting new churches is a great way of doing so." 

The name of the new church will be "The Table." They chose this name because their church will focus on Encountering God, Uniting Believers, and Inviting the World. These three dimensions of relationship are based on the conviction that the Kingdom of God is in relationships.

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The Rev. Dan and Carrie Wolf 

Rise Church
Portland, Maine

After serving for 6 years at Grace Anglican on Fleming Island, Dan and Carrie are being sent to plant church in Portland, Maine the second most post-Christian city in America in cooperation with the Anglican Diocese of New England. 

They are planting a church that exists to “invite all people to explore, follow, and join Jesus to bring life to the brokenness in ourselves, our city, and the world.”  Rather than launch with a service, they plan to start hosting Alphas throughout the city to give people a chance to explore Jesus in a conversational way. As people encounter Jesus, they will form missional communities that will disciple people to follow Jesus and establish Jesus-shaped rhythms of life in community. Their desire is to join Jesus to plant a church-planting church in New England.

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