The first priority of the Church is always proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ; in all the manifold ways the Body of Christ accomplishes that task together.
There are many obstacles, however, that can disrupt the mission of the Church and distract us from our primary task. These events drain away our energy and negatively impact our missionary effectiveness.
Bishop Mark Lawrence will be leading gatherings at five locations around the Diocese at which he will speak to some of the current events that sap our strength, answer questions and reflect on how to re-focus and build a Kingdom and Gospel mindset. All clergy and laity are invited to the gatherings.
July 31: Florence/Orangeburg Deaneries
7 p.m. at Holy Comforter, Sumter
August 2: Beaufort Deanery
7 p.m. at St. Jude’s, Walterboro
August 7: Charleston Deanery
6:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, Charleston
August 8: Georgetown Deanery
6:30 p.m. at Trinity, Myrtle Beach
August 9: West Charleston Deanery
7 p.m. at Saint James, James Island
Feel free to attend whichever meeting is most convenient.
Among the current challenges to mission for some is the promotion of congregational division by TEC and its local advocates. Helpful resources in the meantime we encourage for your use are Why The Battle, Litigation Facts and the witness of the Rev. Matt and Anne Kennedy to their experience with Bp. Adams at Good Shepherd, Binghamton. (The transcript of the interview is available as well. ) All are helpful tools and useful background to the coming conversations with the Bishop.