12 Marks of a Thriving Anglican Church

Last week in the COGS News, I talked about how we can begin to work toward our goal of becoming a thriving, Anglican church.  You'll remember that this is the task we've been given by our bishops in PEARUSA: to plant thriving, Anglican churches that plant other churches.  We are fulfilling this mission in being a part of Christ Church in Winston and Good Shepherd in Bermuda Run, and even more, we are obeying the mission that Jesus gave the whole Church in Matthew 28: to make disciples!

But what does a thriving Anglican church look like?

When asked this very question, the leaders of Anglican church planting in North America came up with 12 Marks of a Thriving Anglican Church.  I pass them onto you.  Do you see Good Shepherd's reflection in these 12 marks?  Where do we need to grow into them?  Here they are listed with (very) brief explanations:

12 Marks of a Thriving Anglican Church

  1. Biblical & doctrinal core - Gospel-centered; rooted in Scripture, the Great Tradition, and Anglican standards
  2. Prayerful dependence - acknowledgement of brokenness & weakness; rhythms & practices of prayer
  3. Corporate worship - contextualization of BCP; centrality of Eucharist & effective preaching
  4. Spiritual transformation - making disciples; catechesis; equipping for ministry
  5. Life-giving relationships - welcoming newcomers; “walking in the light”; living as family; pastoral care
  6. Gospel mission - reaching out with the truth and love of Jesus; serving others creatively, compassionately, sacrificially; planting churches
  7. Local adaptation - exegeting the community; missional effectiveness & contextualization; reaching next generations & new immigrants
  8. Global connection - vitally connected to and shaped by the Global South (especially Rwanda) and a full partner with ACNA
  9. Transformative leadership - leadership for change; soul care of clergy; replication (leadership pipeline); staff relationships; episcopal care
  10. Show stoppers - identifying and navigating "show-stopping" obstacles to thriving; adaptive change
  11. Effective organization - clear mission & vision; effective strategy & systems
  12. Extravagant generosity - effective stewardship practices; PEARUSA and global partnership