Vision of Mission
Epiphany is a member of the Anglican Mission in the Americas. The Anglican Mission in the Americas (The Mission) exists to raise, release and support leaders and communities of faith to reach the lost for Jesus Christ in North America. Rooted in Celtic missionary tradition of the 5th century and later, The Mission has catalyzed over 200 church plants since its establishment in 2000. Through a culture of creativity, flexibility, boldness, learning and leadership, The Mission is committed and poised to build on its rich history. We invite you to join this movement of serving the Americas for the cause of Christ and His Kingdom.
The Essence and Call of Mission
God is on mission. Fundamental to the Christian faith is the truth that God is a sending God. The biblical writer John records: “This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:9). Furthermore, God not only acts on mission, He is mission. “God is Love” (1 John 4:16b).
Still the Christian narrative of mission does not only involve God. According to Scripture, the followers of God are commissioned to join Him in essence and purpose … on mission. (See Matthew 28:18-20).
A Society of Mission
By definition, a missionary society is a religious organization dedicated to the support of Christian mission such as evangelism, education, economic development and church planting. This model has biblical origins that can be traced back to the book of Acts, Chapter 13.
Organized in this manner, The Mission stands in the great tradition of furthering the mission of the Church as a society of mission and apostolic works. Guided and held in trust by wise and faithful Christian leaders, including the guardianship and oversight by the founding Anglican Archbishops through a leadership body known as the ‘College of Consultors,’ The Mission is characterized by lean structure and a bent towards action in evangelism and apostolic work, primarily through the work of church planting. Furthermore, rooted in the Anglican tradition, an ancient-future faith that dates back to the first century church and developed in the English Reformation, The Mission is distinctly nourished by three streams:
We hold that Scripture guides our lives and is authoritative for us individually and for the Church at large (known as the evangelical tradition).
We believe the Sacramental life is embodied in the practices and teachings Christians have held through the centuries as expressed in the historic Creeds and 39 Articles of Religion. Our faith tradition has a variety of worship expressions, including the sacraments instituted by Jesus (known as the catholic tradition).
We trust God’s Spirit is at work in the Church and the world, manifesting His power and preparing us for ministry through the deposit of his gifts (known as the charismatic tradition).
As an organization that aspires to create a movement of excellence, the following strategies and systems are in place for AMiA’s long-term sustainability.
- Leadership discernment and development are prioritized.
- Operations and resources are streamlined.
- Leadership connection and support are provided.
- Mission is strategically catalyzed.
- Godly partners are pursued.
Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. – Prayer of Jesus