“You then, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; and what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well.” (2 Timothy 2:1–2, NRSV)
The Gulf Atlantic Diocese held its annual Synod, November 5-6, 2021, at St. Peter’s Anglican Cathedral, Tallahassee, FL. This year we focused on building leadership pipelines for our congregations to raise up leaders who can pass on the faith to others.
Videos of our opening Eucharist, Business Sessions, and Workshops will be posted below as they become available.
The annual clergy conference was held November 4-5, 2021, just prior to Synod. If you are an ordained leader in our diocese and would like access to recordings from this conference, please contact the Rev. Canon Christopher Klukas for the password.
Raising Up & Mobilizing Lay Leaders
The Rev. Canon Taylor Bodoh
Thirteen principles for helping priests create a culture of leadership development and mobilization in their congregations – from habits of prayer, identifying apprentices, creating optionality, valuing character over charisma, sharing high-level leadership, and more!
Laity Must Lead the Way: Seeking A New Approach to Mission-Centered Evangelism
The Rev. Canon Bill Krizner & Christy Flury
Healthy churches grow when laity lead the parish into mission-centered evangelism. Clergy need to reorient their vision and their corresponding schedules to better pursue this fundamental truth. This breakout session will encourage attendees to consider highly practical strategies in identifying, mobilizing, and then supporting lay leaders in working to share the Gospel within distinct populations. Topics will include investing relationally with parishioners to discern God’s unique call into their lives and the life of the parish, finding and connecting with the right ministry partners, creating systems that encourage both accountability and discipleship in the work, and assessing the impact of such Kingdom efforts. The module will be highly interactive and encourage attendees to engage with the presented material in parish-specific ways throughout our time together.
Leading through Serving: The Diaconate’s Unlimited Expressions of Ministry as Service
The Rev. Canon Mark DiCristina
“What is the work of deacons? Serving Christ under their bishops, deacons care for those in need, assist in public worship, and instruct both young and old in the catechism” (Catechism Question 145). Though this definition articulates three specific aspects of the ministry of a deacon, there are unlimited expressions of how deacons serve Christ, the church, and the world. We will hear from deacons about the many ways that deacons serve as educators, in the liturgy, and to those in need. Participants will join in wondering about future possibilities for the strengthening of the Church and for our mission in the world as God continues to raise up more deacons who display the “humility and service of our Lord Jesus Christ” (BCP, p. 477) in as many ways as there are both those in need and those God calls.
Antioch and the Multiethnic Kingdom of God: Why Multiethnic Leadership Matters and How it Will Bless Your Community
The Rev. Taylor Ishii
The church in Antioch was the place where the followers of Christ were first called Christians (Acts 11:26), and the sending church of the Apostle Paul (Acts 13:1–2). It was also a church full of ethnically diverse leaders. We are blessed in North America to have the nations gathered in our neighborhoods, universities, and cities. The question then becomes, how can our churches reflect this multiethnic kingdom vision? This workshop will help you discover what it means to be a multiethnic church, empower a diverse set of leaders, and how you might take steps to live out this multiethnic kingdom vision in your neighborhood.
Raising Spiritual Champions & Leaders: Building a Culture of Discipleship in the Home
The Rev. Canon Christopher M Klukas
God has given parents a unique and powerful role as the most significant spiritual influence in the lives of their children. But many parents have no idea how to lead their children into a mature relationship with God. This workshop will combine contemporary research on discipling children with key resources from our Anglican tradition to help parents build a culture of discipleship in the home. We will also look at ways that the Church can support and equip parents in this holy work.
Leading as Laity: Communicating Up, Supporting Beside, Replicating Down
Michelle Herbst, Glen Davis & Peggy Corbitt
Whether ordained or not, we are all gifted and called by the Lord to serve him and lead others in different ways (1 Cor. 12:12-31). As non-ordained leaders, we have relationships all around us that we need to navigate well—leaders over us, peers beside us, and people under our leadership/influence. This seminar will explore key skills essential to lay leadership: Communicating Up, Supporting Beside, and Replicating Down. How do we communicate clearly and respectfully to those in leadership over us? What are some ways we can support our peers? How do we effectively replicate in those under our leadership/influence what we’ve learned about following Jesus and serving in church ministry?
Clergy Spouse Lunch
Marcia Lebhar is looking forward to hosting a luncheon gathering for all diocesan clergy spouses. For those who can be present, it will be wonderful to be face-to-face again. We have a lot to share after these long years of lockdown!
Discerning a Call: Forming and Supporting those Called (Lunch Workshop)
The Rev. Canon Mark DiCristina: Ordination Process Lunch
This gathering is offered for anyone with an interest in the ordination process: those discerning a call, those already in the ordination process, and also leaders who support those called to ordained ministry. We will discuss the process, answer questions, connect with and encourage one another, and seek to continue to cultivate our diocesan mission of raising up missional leaders.