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Convention Mini-Conference

The Convention Mini-Conference, which is free and open to the public will be held Friday, March 13 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon at the Cross Schools, 495 Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton, SC.


Creating A Spiritual Legacy: Your Game Plan from Success to Significance

mini-conference posterThe Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence
Jay and Laura Crouse
The Very Rev. Chuck Owens

“My passion is to multiply all that God has given me and, in the process, give it back. And I would like to incite you to do the same. I do not want you to be the seed that fell along the path or was scattered in rocky places or was choked by weeds.”
Bob P. Buford, Halftime: Changing Your Game Plan from Success to Significance

We spend a great deal of time making our plans and preparations for our golden years—strategic investments, retirement planning and goal-setting for our temporal success.

  • What if we were to put the same emphasis on discernment and planning to make an impact in God’s Kingdom in our retirement years?
  • What would it look like to pour out spiritual gifts in to our neighborhoods—our parishes—our communities—our families—our world?
  • Where is God calling you to serve to make an eternal impact for His Kingdom?

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; Teach me your paths Psalm 25:4

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Convention Workshops

Convention WorkshopsThe Convention Workshops will be held on the campus of The Cross Schools, 495 Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton from

  • 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
  • 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

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Top 5 Things to Know About Church Revitalization


Mark EldredgeDoes your church need revitalization? If so, this is the workshop for you! Canon Mark Eldredge will share on the top five aspects that are necessary to see your church turned around from both his personal experience in revitalizing churches and his work with churches across the ACNA as the Director of Church Revitalization for the American Anglican Council (AAC). This workshop will also serve as an introduction to the ReVive! Church Revitalization process the AAC provides should your church be interested in engaging in the revitalization process.

Mark Eldredge is the Director of Church Revitalization for the American Anglican Council serving the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) by helping local congregations better fulfill the Great Commission in our times. He also serves a similar role as the Canon for Congregational Health for the Gulf Atlantic Diocese based in Jacksonville, FL. Mark is married to his best friend, Ame, and they have three children from 27 to 17, and one grandson.

The Evergreen Project


David RoseberryIt’s working! Churches are discovering that generosity and stewardship are the hidden virtues everyone wants to know about. Across the ACNA, giving is up…and so is commitment and joy. The Evergreen Project for the ACNA is here to help your church with practical and simple ways to teach, preach, and practice biblical teaching of stewardship and generosity for parishes and missions. Come hear Canon Roseberry explain how.

David planted Christ Church as a Small Group in 1985 and, by God’s Grace, enjoyed 31 years of faithful and fruitful ministry. He is now leading “The Evergreen Project” of the ACNA, a ministry that collects, creates, and curates the best stewardship and generosity resources for the thriving church. David and Fran have four children, five grandchildren, and live in Plano, Texas where he founded and now directs the non-profit resource ministry called LeaderWorks.

The ‘What’ and ‘How’ of Global Partnerships: and Why Your Church Should Get Involved


Christ RoyerBishop Lawrence’s vision is for every church in the Anglican Diocese of South Carolina. to partner with an overseas diocese. However, while Western Christians (generally) prize control, efficiency, effective management, benchmarks, and goals in global partnerships, majority-world Christians often esteem relationship over task, group consensus over individual analysis, and caution over risk. Thus, global partnerships, though essential for gospel advance, can be messy and confusing endeavors.

The Rev. Chris Royer served 16 years as a missionary in the Middle East and five years at the Church of the Cross in Bluffton. He’s been serving as the Executive Director of Anglican Frontier Missions since 2014, and he invites us to explore both the landmines and the beauty of cross-cultural partnership.

Church Planting: One Step at a Time



Planting a church can seem daunting. From either the perspective of a potential planter or a congregation interested in planting, it’s often difficult to know where to begin. This workshop will give you the practical ‘Next Steps’ as we share with you all of the resources and opportunities available for you.

Dan Alger

The Rev. Canon Dr. Dan Alger is the Canon for Church Planting for the ACNA. He has been active in the work of Anglican church planting as a planter, coach, overseer, and friend for over 18 years. He is the co-host of the Always Forward Podcast and author of numerous articles. His doctoral work was on organizing Anglican dioceses for the work of church planting. He is

married to Karen and they have two boys: Eli and Silas.

Todd SimonisThe Rev. Todd Simonis serves as the Diocesan Canon for Church Planting. In addition, he serves as an Associate at St. Helena’s Beaufort. Todd loves his wife (Elizabeth), two children (Annie and Luke) and his beloved Green Bay Packers.

The New ACNA Book of Common Prayer



Sit in on a discussion with Bishop Lawrence and Marcus Kaiser as they share the biblical principles that shaped the new prayer book—and why you will want to use it in your parish and mission.

Bishop Mark LawrenceBishop Mark Lawrence has served as the Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of South Carolina since his consecration in 2008. He is the founding Chairman of the Anglican Leadership Institute and serves on numerous boards including Trinity School for Ministry. He and his wife, Allison, have five children and 19 grandchildren.

Marcus KaiserThe Rev. Marcus Kaiser is the rector of the Church of the Holy Comforter in Sumter. He was a member of the Liturgy and Common Worship Task Force (LCWTF) of the ACNA, the committee which produced the 2019 Book of Common Prayer. He now serves as chairman of the task force as it begins work on a Book of Occasional Services, a book of feast days of the Church, and other liturgical resources for the province. He is also the chairman of the Liturgy and Worship Commission for the Anglican Diocese of South Carolina.

Small Church, Big Heart, Big God


Janet EcholsSt Matthew’s, Fort Motte, grew by 50% this year, mostly young families with small children. Now, I don’t claim that if you come to this workshop you will get the “secret formula” for growth. What I can say is that I will share with you the journey God has led us on for the past six years that is now bearing fruit. Including the importance of:

• “PUSH” (Pray Until Something Happens and then keep praying)

• “Uncorking the Champagne”

• “What’s in your hand?” or “Why Blackaby was right after all”

• “The T-Plan”

• “Reaching the world without leaving home” or “Why the world is coming to Fort Motte”

• “Stop doing VBS” or “Why we ditched David C Cook and took our kids out in the woods”

• “The Cross-shaped Life”

• “Build it and they will come” or “making the choice to grow kids not cobwebs”

The Rev. Mrs. Janet Echols is the Rector of St. Matthew’s Parish, Ft Motte, and a  former AFM missionary to India and Teacher of Pastoral Theology at Ridley Hall in Cambridge England. In her 25 years of ordained ministry she has served churches in the US, England, Indonesia and India.

Who Is My Neighbor



Hispanic Ministry: Hear how the current hot-button issue of immigration is affecting our communities today—and how we can respond to our neighbors. Hear about how to connect with diocesan ministry opportunities

Juan RiveraThe Rev. Juan Rivera is the missions ambassador for the Church of the Cross, Bluffton, and his current assignment is to the  Latino community  of the lowcountry. Prior to joining the staff at the Cross he served as a missionary for 20 years. His last assignment was working within the Hare Krishna community in New York. Juan and his wife, Liz,  have planted six missions and worked with two revitalization churches.  They have been married for 30 years. and have three adult children. 

David DubayThe Rev. David Dubay is Rector of Holy Trinity Windermere, Charleston and Priest in Charge of Hispanic Ministries of the Diocese. The Hispanic Ministries in the Charleston areas is centered on The Church on the Move, a portable church that meets every Sunday in a work camp on Johns Island.  David is a former member of the Standing Committee and currently serves on the Diocesan Concil.  He and his wife, Lisa, have three children.

Prayer – Jesus’ Prayer Life in Scripture


Can we get hints of Jesus’ prayer life from Scripture? Let’s dig into God’s word as we continue to ask the Lord to teach us to pray.

Kendall HarmonSince January 2002, Dr. Harmon has been serving as Canon Theologian of The Anglican Diocese of South Carolina and associate rector at Christ St. Paul’s, Yonges Island. His ministry emphasizes preaching, teaching and writing. He is married to Elizabeth, an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at MUSC, and they have three young adult children, Abigail, Nathaniel, and Selimah.