Are you called to serve? Convention Nominations Open
Written by The Rev. Canon Jim Lewis
Each year at this time, the Clergy and other leaders of the Diocese are invited to provide suggestions to the Nominating Committee for those positions to be filled at the upcoming Diocesan Convention, which, this year, will be held March 11-12 in Summerville, SC. We have again expanded the invitation to participate in the process this year to include a larger representation of diocesan leaders and hope you will give prayerful consideration to those God may be calling to serve the Diocese.
Join with Bishop Mark Lawrence for a three-day retreat of expectant hope December 4-6, 2016, at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center for an Advent Spiritual Retreat. Bishop Lawrence will lead three meditations and there will be soaking prayer and personal ministry time for each participant. The event will conclude with a Holy Eucharist Healing Service, Tuesday at 12:30 pm. Participants are welcome to join the cycle of Daily Prayer or be a part of our Tuesday Healing Service at The Prayer Center.
Snyder Recipient of the Inaugural Stott Award for Pastoral Engagement
Written by SCDiosAdministrator
The Rev. Dr. Greg Snyder, Rector of St. John’s Parish Church, Johns Island, South Carolina, was recently selected as one of six recipients of the Inaugural Stott Award for Pastoral Engagement. This Award, presented by the Carl F.H. Henry Center, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in Chicago, Illinois, was highly competitive with many highly competent pastors and strategically positioned congregations from all over the U.S. considered. This is the first of a three year program, entitled The Creation Project, funded by the Templeton Foundation for Science and Religion.
The final chapter of John Stott’s classic text, Between Two Worlds, is devoted to two personal characteristics which he judged to be essential to the task of Christian preaching: courage and humility.
It is through the balance of these two traits that Christian preachers can faithfully execute their stewardship as ministers of the Gospel. He writes, “The Christian preacher is to be neither a speculator who invents new doctrines which please him, nor an editor who excises old doctrines which displease him, but a steward, God’s steward, dispensing faithfully to God’s household the truths committed to him in the Scriptures, nothing more, nothing less, and nothing else.” (p. 323–4)
"Beauty, intimacy and adventure are hints of home," says Boa
Written by Joy Hunter
Prolific author and teacher Dr. Ken Boa spoke to a crowd at St. John’s, Johns Island, September 7, 2016 on “Rewriting Your Broken Story: Gaining an Eternal Perspective on your Christian Walk,” which is also the title of his most recent book.
“All of us have broken stories,” said Boa. “How is yours broken?”
He began retelling a story of Martin Laird’s which tells of a dog who when set free simply ran in circles, because it had lived most of its life in a cage. “We buy into a false narrative,” said Boa.
Boa urged us to see our stories embedded into God’s story of redemption and new creation. “Christ took our sins and gave us his righteousness. It’s the best deal ever!”
“We put our trust in Jesus for our eternal salvation, but then put our trust in the world for everything else. That’s nuts!” he said. “It’s all upside down.”
Boa said that beauty, intimacy and adventure are hints of home – of what we were created for and that this current life is a prelude of a greater life to come.
South Carolina Clergy Meet to Continue ACNA Affiliation Discernment
Written by Joy Hunter
“Where can we by the power of God make a difference for emerging Anglicanism?” asked Bishop Mark Lawrence, in a day-long gathering of clergy from the Diocese of South Carolina at Saint James, James Island, September 14. “There’s some gravity to our decision. We need to think forward, evangelically, missionally in a way that will make a difference if someone looks back 50 years from now.”
Over 100 clergy were present for the meeting, which focused primarily on discernment issues surrounding the Diocese’s process towards affiliation with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).
At the most recent Diocesan Convention this past March, the Affiliation Task Force recommended the Diocese affiliate with ACNA. The day-long clergy gathering was spent outlining the ACNA structure, the process of affiliation and the steps that need to be taken to move forward. The clergy were urged to share the information with their parishes. The Diocese will put the affiliation question to a vote at the upcoming Diocesan Convention in March of 2017.