2019 ADOC Synod Recap

2019 ADOC SYNOD RECAP

We are delighted to bring you a recap of our 2019 Synod that was hosted by All Saints Church in Weddington, North Carolina. It was a joyous occasion where the Lord showed off by letting us catch a glimpse of His goodness for the past year and catch an exciting vision for the future of the Diocese of the Carolinas.

We opened with worship Friday evening. The Word was preached by The Rev. Canon Filmore Strunk with Bishop Steve Wood celebrating at the Table. This was followed by a nice dinner honoring the clergy and delegates. Saturday was a full morning with the Bishops’ addresses, voting on Canonical Revisions, introduction of new clergy, and the reception of the Village Church as a parish. The Rev. Canon Winfield Bevins presented The Allure of Liturgy for a new Generation, followed by the Presentation of Finances by Mrs. Maddy Donaldson.  Those elected to Standing Committee were The Rev. Dave Libbon, The Rev. Virginia Musselman, Mrs. Bev Muefflemann and Mr. Bruce Wallace. Those elected as Provincial Assembly Attendees were The Very Rev. Chip Edgar, The Rev. Canon Filmore Strunk and Mrs. Willa Kane. College Ministries was presented by Madison Perry and Justin Hare. The Ridley Institute was presented by the Rev. Randy Forrester. After a great morning Bishop Wood closed with prayer and gave the Dismissal.

Thank you for reading this Synod edition Newsletter. Continue to pray for the diocese and stay updated on our website – adoc.church.

Adoc Synod 2019 Video
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Bishop Steve Wood
Thank you to Filmore and All Saints, Thank you David, Thad, Terrell, Thank you Maddy, Thank you Phillip Clark – Dio Chancellor, Thank you for your prayers for St. Andrew’s Church. We have seen God at work in all.

The Anglican Diocese of the Carolinas exists to equip clergy and congregations to fulfill the Great Commandments (Mk.12:29-31) and the Great Commission (Mt.28:19-20) by leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ through evangelism, personal discipleship, and the nurturing and planting of congregations.

The average congregation in ACNA is less than 100. Our diocese has huge leadership development possibilities with the Simeon Fellowship led by Dean Chip Edgar and Ridley Institute led by Randy Forester.

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Bishop David Bryan
It is so good to be together as a diocese… to worship together, to be encouraged by one another, to grow together in our common vocation of proclaiming the riches of God’s grace in Christ Jesus to every man, women and child in the communities God has placed us.

It continues to be a privilege for me to serve alongside Bishop Steve, as well as Bishops’ Thad and Terrell, and all of our rectors, clergy and congregations in the Carolinas.  One of the distinct privileges of traveling the diocese is seeing all the ways God is at work in our parishes…seeing the dedication, the creativity and the passion for the Gospel in the local churches that make up our diocese.  Our shared conviction is that local church is the frontline of mission and ministry and that the diocese exists to multiply (plant churches) and to serve and enrich the life of our congregations (not the other way around).

I want to take a minute or two and highlight some of the things that have happened this past year and are happening in our diocese:

Village Church, Seth Cain
Apart from my immense gratitude to the Lord, I can’t fully express how thankful I am for my wife, Ashley, who has been an incredible strength, a source of wisdom and a champion for needful rest. When we moved to Greenville, we left our church and community of 8 years to start over completely, and she has been so amazing. Thank you to Bishop Steve, John+ & Kathy Hall and this diocese for believing in us to come and try a relaunch of Village Church. Thanks also to +David and +Thad for serving me and the Village so well since you came on board. Thanks to Chip+ and everyone in my Simeon Cohort for expanding my imagination for ministry as an Anglican and for the much needed fellowship during the rigors of planting. Lastly, we are so deeply indebted to the first brave 18 people, some of whom are here today, who could see this church before we even began.

Winfield Bevins
For many years now, articles, surveys, and news reports have lamented the steady flow of young people leaving the church in North America at an alarming rate. According to the Pew Research Center has observed that about a third of older millennials (adults currently in their late 20s and early 30s) now say they have no religion, up nine percentage points among this age range since 2007. Nearly a quarter of Generation X now say they have no particular religion or describe themselves as atheists or agnostics.

Yet while a growing number of young adults are leaving the church, there are other trends as well. Some younger Christians are choosing to remain in the fold of Christianity, but that doesn’t mean they are content with the existing expressions of evangelical faith. Many young believers, from different backgrounds and traditions, are staying in the church while embracing a liturgical expression of the faith. And while it is most noticeable among young adults, this trend is true of people of various ages and backgrounds as well, believers who are seeking to recover ancient practices of the Christian faith.

Newcomers to the Diocese

Newcomers to the diocese include: Lucy Albert, Church of the Good Shepherd – Deacon, Kyle Holtzhower, St. Andrew’s – Priesthood, Caleb Burr, Holy Trinity Church – Priesthood, Phillip Wilson, St. Andrew’s – Priesthood, Dave Libbon, St. Andrew’s – Priesthood, Ben Snyder, Wilmore Anglican – Priesthood, Jordan Kologe, Church of the Good Shepherd – Priesthood, Jeremy Roseman, Resurrection Anglican – Transitional Diaconate, Chase Edgar, St. Paul’s Church – Transitional Diaconate. Those transferred into ADOC: Joel Pinson, King of Kings – Rector, Wright Wall, Holy Trinity Church – Clergy Associate for Evangelism and Equipping.