The Rev. Canon James Kennaugh of Kingdom Life Anglican Church shares how he has been challenged and refreshed by what is happening in the rest of the Kingdom, and why Anglicanism can benefit from looking outward.
I want to take a bit of a risk and share with you what we are in the middle of—what God is doing at this moment in time. John Wimber and the Vineyard have been part of my spiritual DNA for a very long time. When he died, I lost track of what was happening in that part of the Kingdom until recently, when I discovered his spiritual legacy thriving in two different organizations. Over the last 18 months, we have been so blessed by their teaching, witness and ministry that I can say we are moving to new levels of awareness, presence and power within our church body. We have been connecting with these organizations by using their resources, attending conferences and logging on to webcasts.
The first organization is the Apostolic Network of Global Awakening. Based in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, the Apostolic Network is a teaching, healing and impartation ministry with a heart for the nations. Founded in 1994 by Randy Clark, the ministry exists to fulfill the biblical commissions of Jesus. Through the formation of the Apostolic Network of Global Awakening (ANGA), International Ministry Trips (IMT), the Schools of Healing and Impartation and the Global School of Supernatural Ministry, Global Awakening offers training, conferences, humanitarian aid and ministry trips in an effort to raise up a company of men and women who will facilitate revival among the nation’s leaders. By providing an assortment of international training opportunities, the ministry works in accordance with the revelation to the Apostle Paul regarding the purpose of the fivefold ministries.
The second organization is Bethel Church in Redding, California. Bethel Redding’s mission is to create a vibrant family of hope-filled believers who deeply experience the love and presence of God and partner with Jesus to express the joy and power of His kingdom in every area of life. They have a passion for people, their city and our world. Their culture is characterized by worship, the presence of God, family, revival, miracles and healings, and honor—core values shaped by their rich history and leadership.
This local church body worships together at several weekend services across multiple campuses. However, they are not your typical church because of their global impact as a revival resource and equipping center. People from around the world attend Bethel conferences, trainings or their fulltime ministry school to experience more of God and the ways of His kingdom.
I believe that if The Mission is to be cutting edge, at the forefront of mission and ministry, it needs to be networking and connecting with these parts of the Kingdom. That’s exactly what I did last year. I went with a group from Kingdom Life to the Voice of the Apostles Conference in Orlando. The first night I was sitting 20 feet away from Reinhardt Bonke as he gave his testimony of 70 million decisions for Christ over the course of his ministry in Africa. The next night, we heard from Heidi Baker who has planted 10,000 house churches in Mozambique. Each night, hundreds received healings and were equipped for the advancement of the Kingdom. I attended breakout sessions each afternoon as their team taught, equipped and imparted the knowledge and power to plant churches, heal the sick, lead worship and more.
There, I was introduced to Bill Johnson for the first time. I brought home a lot of his books and resources and immediately saw changes in our church. We experienced a renewed sense of the presence of God in worship, in the Eucharist and in the everyday lives of our people, as both the men’s and women’s group studied “Hosting the Presence,” an eight-week course on living in the continuous presence of the Father.
If you were to visit our main worship service on Saturday night, you would sense the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Some of our acolytes (6 to 12 years old) speak in tongues, pray for the sick and see angels ministering. Some of our adults do as well. Sometimes I have to hold the Deacon steady when she comes over to receive the blessing before reading the gospel. We have had people receive healing as they took Communion.
I do not believe I am called to lead a Bethel-like church. There is very little sacramental focus there. However, I believe that I am called to take from places and organizations like the Apostolic Network and Bethel Redding the vibrancy and presence of the Lord and synthesize it into my Anglican context. I believe in our context, but I also believe that Anglicanism needs to be challenged and refreshed by what is happening in the rest of the Kingdom.
Likewise, we need to share with others what is happening in our midst. I am encouraged by what happened on Maundy Thursday in the Cathedral Church of St Anthony of Padua in Dunkwa on Offin, Ghana. Bishop Edmund was leading the service when a group of people carried in a distressed, sick woman who was writhing and crying in pain. They deposited her on the floor. The Bishop could not continue the service so he went to see what was happening with the woman. He asked the whole congregation present to pray and told one of the acolytes to bring over the bottle of Holy Water. He got the woman to drink it, and within a short time she had recovered and began to praise the Lord. The service continued. Amen!
I believe we have to be prepared to ask what it means to be fully sacramental, fully evangelical and fully empowered by the Holy Spirit, and then do whatever and go wherever it takes to make it so.
What have you learned from other people and places in the Kingdom?