A Tale of Two Countries: An Israel Tour and A New Missional Initiative

Dear brothers and sisters,

Greetings in our Lord Jesus, the King of kings.

As we head into November, let me share two stories of two different countries.

The first country is Israel. Marcia and planned to lead a leadership study tour there from February 20-March 3 next year, 2022. It has recently been on hold due to COVID. Now that Covid is waning, our trip is back on, and we would love to have you join us! We will have a smaller group than usual and spaces are limited.*

An Israel tour will make the Scriptures come alive for you in new ways. Please look at this endorsement from Archbishop Foley Beach.

We are leading this Shoresh Familiarization (Fam) Tour to encourage (but not require) participating clergy and lay leaders who come to bring their own groups in the future. There is a special lower rate for them. But others may join us at a normal rate.

If you are interested, you will find more information here.

So that we may send you recently updated travel registration information, please let us know of any interest through our diocesan email, or call our administrator, Harris Willman, at 904-701-4230. (At this point, Israel requires that visitors be vaccinated for Covid-19.)

The second story concerns our own country. The ACNA has a goal to increase the spread of the gospel to the racial and ethnic minorities of North America. To do so, we need to raise up clergy of differing backgrounds. Thus we have created the Antioch Leadership Network, part of the Next Generation Leadership Initiative. It is named for the multi-cultural church of Antioch (Acts 11:20, 13:1). One goal of the network is to create Antioch Resident positions in as many congregations as possible.

By God’s grace, we as a diocese have something of a front-row seat. Our own Rev. Taylor Ishii from Church of the Apostles in Fairhope, AL is the Director of the NGLI Antioch Leadership Network for the entire ACNA. Taylor will be sharing the vision of the Network with us at Synod this year (and in an article below). We already have one Antioch Resident, Funmi Ojetayo, at Incarnation in Tallahassee, FL.

Please keep this significant ministry initiative for our country in your prayers. Especially pray that the Lord would provide harvesters for the many minorities both in this wonderfully multicultural nation and in all the countries in North America.

In Jesus the Lord of all the earth,

The Rt. Rev. Neil G. Lebhar
Bishop of the Gulf Atlantic Diocese


*We do need to reach a minimum number to go, but the signs are positive.