A friend recently sent me a link to a website encouraging readers to consider ordination, and to attend a certain conference in furtherance of that goal. It appeared to be aimed at Episcopalians, and was being held at an Episcopal Church, although there was no clue as to who was sponsoring or organising the conference. The following paragraph is typical of its many words in praise of ordained ministry:

‘The privilege of standing in the person of Christ, representing God to humanity for the forgiveness of sins, welcoming them to the new life of Baptism, and placing in their hands and on their lips the holy food of heaven. We stand there representing to the World, her God and our God.’

This Old Testament view of priesthood is the exact contrary of the New Testament view of ministry. According to the New Testament, there is one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus (I Timothy 2.5) who is at the right hand of God, who intercedes for us (Romans 8.34). Ordained ministry in the New Testament is a ministry of preaching conversion to the unsaved and encouragement to the saved. I believe this attitude to ministry has weakened the faith of Anglicans generally and Episcopalians in particular, making too many of them dependent on their clergy for their spiritual lives. Those attracted by this sort of appeal need them to be dependent, for otherwise what privilege will be left for the clergy?

The closing words, ‘Who else gets to do this?’ are an appeal to the readers’ worst instincts. The answer to the question, given the antecedent of ‘this’, is NO ONE, Christ has already done it, and any suggestion that His work needs to be continued by others is bad news, the antigospel, because there is NO ONE ELSE who can do it.

God’s word says so.


Image result for "all change" -site:pinterest.comThe role that this blog has attempted to fulfil over the past eight years or so is its role no longer. As a gathering place for Evangelicals in the Episcopal Church, and provider of information about Evangelicals in the Episcopal Church to those who don’t know them, we now pass the baton to the revived EFAC USA (Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion). Our web-site (speaking as a member of that fellowship) is http://efac-usa.org/, and I hope all readers of this blog will bookmark it and check it regularly.

This blog will continue, but from now on will simply be me sounding off, representing no one except a sinner saved by Jesus, encouraging other sinners to turn to Him AND NO ONE ELSE for salvation, new life, and growth in new life. Some readers will doubtless want to ‘un-follow’ it, but I’m sorry to say I have no idea how you can do that! I’ve never been able to add anyone as a follower, only those who click on the ‘follow’ link can do that, and I’ve no idea how to reverse whatever you did when you did so. Perhaps if you click on the ‘follow’ link again, it will give you a way to stop receiving my posts automatically.

I have very much enjoyed the fellowship I have had with my readers and all who have commented, but I think the new site will be much better for the purpose. It is a real pleasure to hand over this work to a younger generation, and I look forward to my new role as an Evangelical Curmudgeon. My first rant musings will not long be delayed…

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As the 21st century begins to play itself out there is cause for encouragement. I recently attended the annual gathering of the Evangelical Fellowship of the Anglican Communion (EFAC-USA) in Orlando, Florida, of which the Fellowship of Witness was the forebear. Not only did TEC and ACNA Christians gather together for fellowship and faithful reflection, but EFAC is being led and shaped by an exciting younger generation of Episcopalians, many of whom are recent pilgrims on the Canterbury Trail, and strikingly mature.

From Richard Kew, in a recent issue of The Living Church. Three of this younger generation, Zac Neubauer, Philip Ryan and Ethan Magness (for ACNA), were elected to the board of EFAC USA at its recent meeting at Trinity School for Ministry, and have brought new energy and purpose to the board. Work on the next EFAC conference (April 4–7 2018, Canterbury Retreat and Conference Center, Oviedo FL), and several other projects, is in progress. More details on the new EFAC USA web-site soon!

At the Florida conferenefac-usa-logoce mentioned in the post below, there was general agreement on the subject of reviving and reorganising EFAC USA with a board drawn from both TEC and ACNA. According to the by-laws of the moribund but still existing EFAC USA (some of whose board members were present in Florida), new board members are elected by the membership at an Annual Meeting called for the purpose with one week’s notice.

The Annual Meeting will be held at Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge PA, Room 103 of the Academic Building on Tuesday, June 20th, at 7 pm. Members entitled to vote are those who support the aims of EFAC USA, and have paid dues. The dues of those who attended the conference in Florida were included in the cost of registration; others wishing to be members may pay their dues at the meeting on the 20th. In addition to electing new board members, the location and date of our 2018 conference, and other items related to the organization of EFAC will be discussed.

All members of TEC or ACNA who believe that the Bible is the final authority for all matters of faith, life and worship are urged to attend. Check the EFAC USA web-site (www.EFAC-USA.org) or go to the EFAC-USA Facebook page (Facebook.com/EFACUSA) for information about participating remotely.

Please pray for God’s guidance for those in attendance!

efac-usa-logoAt the ‘Evangelion’ conference of Evangelicals in the Episcopal Church held at Trinity School for Ministry in 2016, three ideas for the future found widespread support: renewing our connection with Evangelicals in the rest of the Anglican Communion through the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion (EFAC); getting together annually; and participation in our events by Evangelicals who are members of the various Anglican churches that have come into existence outside TEC in recent years.

Following discussions among former board members of EFAC-USA, the American branch of EFAC, EFAC-USA will reorganise under a board of directors composed of equal numbers of TEC and ACNA members, and have its first annual Assembly at the Canterbury Retreat and Conference Center outside Orlando, Florida from April 19-21 2017. The theme of the conference is ‘Positively Evangelical’, and speakers include Greg Brewer, Andrew Pearson and Charlie Holt. All Anglican Evangelicals in the USA, whether in TEC or another church of the Anglican tradition, are invited to attend; to register, check the new EFAC-USA website, which will shortly be available at www.EFAC-USA.org, or go to the EFAC-USA Facebook page (Facebook.com/EFACUSA).

More information will be also posted on this blog. Please pray for a renewal of effective evangelical witness to the Episcopal Church and to the other American churches in the Anglican tradition.


The 2017 conference of Evangelicals in the Episcopal Church will be held at the Diocese of Central Florida’s Canterbury Retreat and Conference Center in Oviedo (just outside of Orlando), Florida, Wednesday April 19th – Saturday April 22nd.

All Evangelicals welcome—clergy and laity, egalitarian and complementarian, high church and low church, Episcopalian and non-Episcopalian.

More details to follow here and here!