Report from Our New Executive Director, Rev. Dr. Preston Graham
Dear MA Friends and Supporters,
As the newly appointed Executive Director of Mission Anabaino, I wish first to express my heartfelt “job well done” to Charles Olcott. We will no doubt miss his positive leadership and those-- oh so creative-- clichés! I am however delighted that he will remain a faithful member of our church here in New Haven, CT and continue as the MA liaison to our unique inner city church planting project, “CPC in the Hill.”
MA moving forward: As we seek to transition from an initial start up phase to a more robust growth and implementation phase in organization, there are several very important strategic initiatives that we can all be praying about for MA.
First, please pray as we seek to re-organize MA in the formation of an Executive Leadership Team reflective of both the local (Southern CT) and global (strategic cities nationally and internationally) contexts of our church planting and collaborations in “missional ecclesiology.” (BTW, when you here me use that phrase “missional ecclesiology,” I mean a reformational study of the church - her nature and strategies - suitable to a post-Christendom context—the church that is not just a “source” for missions, but a “locus” of mission.) I plan to announce the details of this re-organization in next month’s update.
Second, Pray for our next Annual Collaborative that involves both local and global MA members, potential recruits, and interested friends. True to our name “Anabaino” (Greek for “I ascend”), our next annual MA collaborative has been moved to May 4-6 in sync with Ascension (May 5th). Our theme this year will be “Missional Catholicity in a Post-Christendom and Neo-Denominational Time.” We are delighted to welcome the Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach, Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), and Rev. Dr. Richard Lints, Faculty Dean of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary—both assisting us in our collaborative-style discussions.
Third, pray for all our global and local MA church planters and churches - that God would anoint them in their spiritual and strategic leadership for the glory of Christ in/with/through healthy Christ-centered churches, and in their work toward the start-ups of MA collaboratives in each of their respective cities (c.f. MA member websites and links to prayers letters in the featured local and global sites below).
Finally, (and I’m sorry that it feels so expected), pray for God to raise up the resources we need to expand our vision for “Total Christ” church plants and a much needed reformation movement in Missional Ecclesiology. Specifically, three kinds of resources:
- Church planters. We are especially in need of church planters interested the vastly under-reached region of Southern CT. We are also in our final stages of solidifying a new church plant in Zambia and in re-engaging our church planting initiative and expansion in the Mirebalais region of Haiti.
- Additional anchor churches. Currently, all of our churches except one is a “mission church.” From a recourse perspective, they are receiving and not giving into MA financially (yet J). We need additional anchor churches who would be interested in both support of and leadership in our growing Total Christ network and collaboration.
- 100 new prayer/financial supporters, and 50k of new financial support. This is in order to accomplish modestly ambitious goals for the fiscal 2015-2016 year.
And may God bless you in His mediatorial presence within your own local church in the experience of a Total Christ!
"The Word was made flesh and tabernacled among us; to that flesh is joined the church, and there is made the total Christ, head and body."
- St. Augustine, On the Epistle of John
Rev. Dr. Preston Graham
Executive Director, Mission Anabaino
Sr. Pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church New Haven