Dear Alumni and Friends of CPC New Haven and Mission Anabaino,
I know! Amidst an otherwise merry (if not hectic) season, we are all being inundated with the “end of the year” fundraiser. I hope you can take some solace in knowing that Mission Anabaino (MA) remains committed to only one mass-funding request per year, and thus the importance of this appeal. Would you give us a brief consideration?
We continue to receive more opportunities than we can fulfill to plant “Total Christ, Five Mark” churches in unreached contexts of our globe. What attracts church planters and potential core groups is the unique way MA is tailored to reach predominantly unchurched contexts (a.k.a. “scratch plants” vs. “daughter plants”). Our unique effectiveness can be summarized in a two-fold strategy:
The sentiments expressed by those seeking to join MA’s church planting collaborative are often stated in euphoric terms consistent with the joy of a family reunion. For instance, church planter Kyle Hackman (Toronto, Canada) explains:
- MA’s biblically informed “Total Christ” theological vision that can be readily adapted to a variety of contexts.
- MA’s ongoing church planter support and coaching through monthly MA collaborations that are executed both globally via live video conferencing and locally through face to face group meetings.
The “joining of two worlds” is a constant theme in MA as representing the reunion of grace focused “high gospel” spirituality with missionally relevant “high church” spirituality—concepts too often experienced as contradictions in today’s Christianity.
- It is hard for me to overstate the joy and excitement I have when I think of what God is doing with Mission Anabaino… like a joining of two worlds… I was overwhelmed with how at home I felt. It is hard to state clearly the boldness and confidence I left with… I want to instill the Total Christ vision into this church plant from day one. I want to birth a high church, high gospel community for Toronto.
MA currently consists of 14 active church plants. You can click on their website links below and read more about the vitals of Mission Anabaino (including the meaning “anabaino” and the origin of “Total Christ”) in this attached reader-friendly brochure. You may also want to check out the collection of past “MA Updates.”
Would you be willing to support MA’s effort to plant more Total Christ churches in unreached contexts around the world? You can read about the grants that MA offers approved candidates here. Even a pledge of $25-$100 per month could have a big impact when coupled with a significant number of supporters. You can make your pledge/payment here.
Thank you for your consideration,
Rev. Dr. Preston Graham Jr.
Executive Director, Mission Anabaino
Sr. Pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church New Haven