Since our beginning, a deep desire of St. Andrew’s has been to reach unbelievers for Christ. One of the most effective ways to do this is through planting new churches. In fact, the Anglican Mission in America (AMiA) was created to reach the unchurched in North America by planting churches throughout the country.
As a church, we are committed to living into the calling that Jesus has given us. “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’” (Matt. 28:18-20)
We have been given the charge to go into the communities where we live to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and to speak of his life-giving mercy and grace. It is about following Jesus into the places where he has called us to foster culture and live radically. As we go, we do so with eyes to see the work God is doing among us, and out of this work, the Lord will show us areas where a church plant can reach and disciple more and more people for Christ.
Over the coming years, St. Andrew’s will continue to plan and prepare, looking to the Lord in eager expectation as he establishes many more churches that are rooted in the rich soil of the Anglican tradition and nourished by the three life-giving streams of Scripture, Spirit and Sacrament.