Dear Anglican Mission Clergy,
We rejoice this week at the news we received that two of our Mission Partners have selected two priests from the Anglican Mission to serve as Bishop Emissaries from their Dioceses to the USA.
As many of you know from +Carl and +Gerry’s consecrations, the Office of the Bishop Emissary from these two Dioceses is an outreach mission in the United States. We share bonds of faith and love with our Mission Partners, and these bishops emissary represent the interest of the Mission Partners abroad while working collegially with the Apostolic Vicar in the USA as members of the Mission Society.
Matt+ Kessler will be consecrated as Bishop Emissary for Bishop Aaron Kijanjali, the Diocese of Kagera, Tanzania, on May 6th in San Antonio, Texas, and Dan+ Scott will be consecrated as Bishop Emissary for Archbishop Masimango, in the Diocese of Kindu, Democratic Republic of Congo, on May 14th in Nashville, Tennessee.
The primary intention of the role of the Bishop Emissary for the Mission Partner is to promote the Mission Partner Diocese and bring awareness of its needs to other Anglican and Christian bodies outside of their geographical borders. I have discerned Bishop-designate Kessler, while serving Kagera, will work collegially in the Anglican Mission to serve as an advocate of church planting and new works. I have discerned Bishop-designate Scott, while serving Kindu, will serve the Anglican Mission as pastoral father in helping to connect us to other Christian communities. Both Bishops-designate have cultivated God’s call on their lives since the early days of the Anglican Mission, using their talents to serve and help grow our missionary Society.
In 2015, the Mission Partners blessed us when they consecrated +Carl and +Gerry as Bishop Emissaries for the Dioceses of Boga, DRC, and Kibondo, TZ, respectively. We have been blessed by their gifts and contributions, along with +Sandy Greene, to serve faithfully for the Mission in their respective portfolios; among other duties, +Gerry for small group planting, and +Carl for overseas mission development.
Let me introduce the Bishops-designate to you if you do not know them:
Matt+ Kessler has shown apostolic gifts in his role as church planter for Grace Northridge Church, developing systems to fan the flame for discipleship and new works. He has always had a passion for building disciples into leaders who produce new church works, and this has paved the way for at least 3 new church communities in San Antonio.
Dan+ Scott is known to many as a spiritual father, inspiring passion for the Holy Spirit and instilling in those who counsel with him a deep need to know the love of Jesus in our lives. Dan+, faithful to his call at Christ Church Nashville, has a heart for bringing those of all denominations together, raising up leaders to reveal the commonalities that bind us together as Christ’s Church in the world. Raising up leaders and new works in the Nashville area, Dan+ is known for his gracious ability see all people on equal ground in the Lord.
Matt+ and Dan+ live out the founding purpose of the Anglican Mission, as stated in the preamble of our Constitution; our Society exists to glorify God by recognizing, recruiting, resourcing, and releasing leaders for planting and serving churches in the Anglican tradition for the next generation of Kingdom leadership in the Americas. We celebrate unity in the essential elements of Christian faith, worship, life and ministry.
Please keep both of our Bishops-designate and their families in your prayers and continue to pray for all of our Anglican Mission Member Bishops, your fellow clergy and our Mission Partners, prayers for God to give us vigor in our walk with Christ and to lead us as we move forward in mission.
As I said in my Currents letter, with these and the many other great blessings that God is bringing to the Anglican Mission, I ask that you stay vigilant in your prayers for the Mission and Christ’s Church around the world. I pray the Lord’s blessing on each of you for peace and strength during this Holy Week and in your celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.