A few months ago I got a call from a mentor whom I met when I was working on my Master of Divinity at Trinity School. He was my dean when I was in seminary and is now partnering with the Anglican Leadership Institute to host Anglican ministers from around the world in community for three weeks at a time to tackle some of the issues facing the world and Church today with the guidance of leaders from a wide variety of ministry contexts.
I wasn’t looking for something new to fill my time—I am plenty busy. And I wasn’t eager to leave my family for three weeks to go study an abstract theological topic but sometimes God puts something in our paths that we aren’t looking for yet we feel like we need to give it our attention. So that’s exactly what I’ve done. After prayer and confirmation, I said “yes” to the invitation to be a part of this amazing group of leaders gathering for the next few weeks in Martha’s Vineyard.
One compelling reason was that the topic for this session is servant leadership. I don’t know how well you know me but I am pretty passionate about pastors being servant leaders. I would never ask volunteers or staff to do something or serve in a way that I am not willing to serve. You will find me at the church every Sunday helping load all the equipment and setting up with the rest of the team. I feel like one of the best ways you grow in leadership in ministry is to walk with your team from a place of compassion and understanding.
I will be heading back east to be part of the Leadership Institute this week and joining in a discussion about what it looks like to be a servant leader. I can’t even imagine what I am going to learn in this process but I am open to hearing what the Lord has to say about how the Church can better serve our hurting world.
I also hope to spend these weeks growing in faith and compassion. As we study and connect with Anglicans from all over the world, I hope to gain a different perspective about global needs and opportunities. Expert leaders will guide our discussions and help broaden our context for leadership. Think about how this diverse cultural think tank of ministers from around the world will shape my Texan perspective on life in ministry. I hope to pass along these ideas when I return so that our community at Restoration can apply them as we partner with God in the restoration of all things.
So please pray for me, my wife Stacy, and our kids as I am away learning, growing, and serving in the Anglican Communion. As the Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Anis, Bishop of Egypt, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa and Archbishop of the Middle East described this opportunity: it is “good news for the Anglican communion. The Institute is crucial to equip new leaders who can help the church grow and the Gospel to spread.”