Synod 2015 Teachings, Workshops, and Reports
Here are talks (sermons, sessions, and testimonies) from Synod 2015, November 13-14, 2015. Click on the title of the talk to hear the audio. Some also include video. 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.
Photos from Synod 2015 (plus other collections from past events) are here.
Pre-Synod Workshop on Evangelism: 5 Ways to Love and Reach Your Community
Canon Tom Herrick and the Rev. Jay Baylor and guests. The Rev. Tom Herrick serves as the diocesan Canon for Church Planting. He is the executive director of the Titus Institute for Church Planting and serves on the provincial church planting leadership team for the Anglican Church in North America. The Rev. Jay Baylor is planting a multi-ethnic church in East Baltimore called Church of the Apostles in the City with ministry partner, Pastor Carletta Wright. Jay has twenty years of ministry experience as a house church pastor, youth and young adult pastor and as a Young Life area director.
Matt Hemsley (Truro Anglican Church) - Relational Evangelism
Patti Brown (The LAMB Center) - Service of Mercy Evangelism
Meredith Brown and Elden Stoffel (The Falls Church Anglican) - Marketplace Evangelism
Joe Acanfora and Anita Aberley (Church of the Apostles) - Outreach Events Evangelism
Jay Baylor and AC (Apostles in the City) - Power Evangelism
Clancy Nixon (Church of the Holy Spirit) - Community Evangelism
Opening Eucharist Sermon - "Get God"
The Rev. Sam Ferguson
The Rev. Sam Ferguson is the Associate Pastor for Research and Teaching at the Falls Church Anglican, where he has served for four years. He is currently spending much time in North Carolina as he pursues a Ph.D. in biblical studies, where his research focus is biblical anthropology. He has an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge and M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He grew up in Pennsylvania, attended Drexel University, and loves all four Philadelphia sports.
Morning Prayer Sermon
The Rev. Erin Bair
The Rev. Erin Bair is building a ministry of spiritual direction, retreat speaking, and teaching, while also serving as Chaplain for Rock Recovery, a faith-based organization offering treatment for individuals recovering from disordered eating. She has served as an Associate Rector at Restoration Anglican Church, a Chaplain Resident at UnityPoint Health in Des Moines, IA, and a Seminarian at The Falls Church Anglican. Erin earned an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and a B.A. from Harvard College (English and the Comparative Study of Religion). She is currently enrolled in Selah, a certificate program in spiritual direction. Erin serves on DOMA's Standing Committee and Ordination.
Plenary: Religious Freedom Concerns in Light of the Supreme Court Ruling
Scott Ward is Chancellor of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, as well as Chancellor of The Falls Church Anglican, CANA and the Anglican Church in North America. He is an attorney and managing owner of Gammon & Grange and has extensive experience in religious freedom issues, having consulted on numerous amicus briefs and on proposed federal legislation. He received his A.B. from the College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA, 1986) and his J.D. from Yale Law School (New Haven, CT, 1989).
SYNOD 2015 REPORTS
The Bishop's Report to the Synod
The Rt. Rev. John Guernsey
Bishop, Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic
Ratify Admission of New Mission
Holy Spirit Anglican Church, Lewes, DE
Report from the Great Commission Committee
The Rev. Dr. Tom Herrick
Canon for Church Planting and Chair of the Great Commission Committee
Treasurer of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic
Report from the Constitution and Canons Committee
Chair, Constitution and Canons Committee
Church Planting Internships and Residencies
The Rev. Dr. Tom Herrick and Mr. Mal Young
Internships and residencies are a great way to develop the leadership pipeline in your congregation. Come learn more about how you can create a place where young ministry leaders can blossom as they help your church grow and gain valuable experience that will prepare them to launch a new church plant. You'll hear wonderful testimonies from churches that have been blessed by working with interns and residents. Tom Herrick serves as our part-time Canon for Church Planting. He and his wife, Carol, planted Christ the Redeemer Church in Centreville in 1992. He founded and serves as Executive Director of the Titus Institute for Church Planting, coaching planters, consulting with dioceses and churches, and teaching at Gordon Conwell Seminary. He is on the Provincial church planting leadership team for the Anglican Church in North America. Mal Young is a member of the Falls Church Anglican. Mal and his wife were part of the start-up congregation All Nations, D.C. He has been a member of the Great Commission Committee since the founding of the diocese.
Listening to God's Direction in Your Life
The Rev. Sue Hardman, Desiree Barker, The Rev. Erin Bair, Hope Foster Britt
The ancient practice of spiritual direction provides us with a powerful way to enter into deeper relationship with our Triune God. This session will introduce you to the biblical and historical roots of spiritual direction and will give you an experience of the kind of listening presence that a spiritual director offers. Offered by the faculty of Anam Cara: A School of Spiritual Direction. The Rev. Sue Hardman is a priest at Truro Anglican Church and has been a spiritual director for more than 30 years. Desiree Barker is an experienced spiritual director, retreat leader, and teacher; she serves on the staff of the Titus Institute for Church Planting. The Rev. Erin Bair is currently partnering with the Great Commission Committee to offer spiritual direction to DOMA church planters. Hope Foster Britt is a spiritual director, retreat leader, and the founder of Caol Ait, a retreat community in Clifton.
Challenges to Religious Liberty: Practical Tips to Articulate Your Church’s Religious Identity and to Strengthen Your Legal Rights
This breakout session outlines the primary legal challenges that churches, clergy, and lay members will face in the post-Obergefell culture and will provide legal and practical recommendations and resources to help churches protect their legal rights and their ministries in this rapidly changing cultural and legal environment. Scott Ward is Chancellor of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, as well as Chancellor of The Falls Church Anglican, CANA and the Anglican Church in North America. He is an attorney and managing owner of Gammon & Grange and has extensive experience in religious freedom issues, having consulted on numerous amicus briefs and on proposed federal legislation.
Having the Conversation You Don’t Want to Have
The Rev. Canon Mary Maggard Hays
Leaders are often required to have hard conversations requiring spiritual courage, emotional steadiness, and loving wisdom. And often, the conversations are all the more difficult because they did not occur sooner. This workshop will offer tools for determining if, when, and how to have these conversations. The Rev. Canon Mary Maggard Hays is Canon to the Ordinary in the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh and Visiting Professor of Pastoral Theology at Trinity School for Ministry. In 2015, she also began serving as a part-time consultant for DOMA, primarily coaching clergy in crisis or transition. In each of these roles she has focused on the intersection of Christian formation and leadership.
Life & Death: Can the Church Help?
The Rev. Georgette Forney
Topics like abortion and euthanasia are often seen as political issues to be avoided in church, but they are life experiences happening to real people in the pews. This workshop will provide pastoral insights and resources to equip lay and ordained leaders to reach out to the hurting with the love of Jesus and practical help. The brokenhearted need the church to address these topics from the Shepherd’s perspective. Georgette Forney is president of Anglicans for Life, helping the church address abortion, abstinence, adoption, euthanasia, and embryonic stem cell research. She is 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.
International Students: Doing Global Mission Locally
God is at work in our world in amazing ways. More Muslims have come to Christ in the past 20 years than the previous 14 centuries. More Jews are following Jesus as Messiah now than since the Book of Acts. There are unheard of opportunities for outreach right on our doorstep—there are 12,000 students from China, 4500 from India, and 3000 from Saudi Arabia at universities in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. With some practical how-to and encouragement, ordinary families can make a huge difference. Let’s help our churches get on board with what God is doing locally and around the world. Sharon Steinmiller is the director of the New Wineskins Missionary Network. She has 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
Designing an Evangelism Strategy that Really Works
The Rev. Canon Tom Herrick and the Rev. Jay Baylor
This workshop leads participants through a process to design and implement an evangelism strategy for your congregation. Participants focus on understanding their community, building relational bridges for evangelism, designing outreach and follow up strategies, as well as engaging parishioners personally in evangelism and discipleship of new believers. The Rev. Tom Herrick serves as the diocesan Canon for Church Planting. He is the executive director of the Titus Institute for Church Planting and serves on the provincial church planting leadership team for the Anglican Church in North America. The Rev. Jay Baylor is planting a multi-ethnic church in East Baltimore called Church of the Apostles in the City with ministry partner, Pastor Carletta Wright. Jay has twenty years of ministry experience as a house church pastor, youth and young adult pastor and as a Young Life area director.