Official Diocesan Blog

A Time to Sow: Bishop's Journey in Church Planting

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I am deeply committed to church planting. I believe it is the best way to reach people with Jesus’ love. I want to see church planting become normative in this diocese and in the ACNA. But, I wasn’t always an advocate.

The Importance of Coaching

How important is coaching for leaders in ministry? Research shows that five disciplines make a huge difference in the success rate of a church plant (and, by extension, parish ministry): vocational discernment, training, support (personal and financial), coaching, and risk assessment. The first three increased the likelihood of success in planting significantly.

New Diocesan Leaders

The Rev. Canon Tracey Russell, Deacon Joanne Martin

As we continue to move forward as a diocese, the Lord has provided two gifted leaders. I have asked the Rev. Tracey Russell to serve as Canon for Youth Ministry and the Rev. Joanne Martin to serve as Deacon for Special Projects.

Local Anglicans Release Worship Album

To the many

In 2016, a small group of local Anglican songwriters including Tina Wurschmidt of Shepherd's Heart Fellowship, The Rev. Sean Norris, formerly of South Side Anglican, now in Charleston, SC and Katherine Rosier of Trinity Anglican, Beaver, came together to help each other with their songwriting.

Confessions of an Ordinand

As I reflect on my ordination to the priesthood, I feel destined to underwhelm expectations given the caliber and amount of support I’ve received personally and in my call to ordained ministry.  Under Archbishop Duncan and Canon Mary Hayes I discerned a call to ministry through Shepherd’s Heart Church in Pittsburgh sponsored by the Rev.

Confessions of an Ordinand

As I reflect on my ordination to the priesthood, I feel destined to underwhelm expectations given the caliber and amount of support I’ve received personally and in my call to ordained ministry.  Under Archbishop Duncan and Canon Mary Hayes I discerned a call to ministry through Shepherd’s Heart Church in Pittsburgh sponsored by the Rev.