Our Upcoming Bishops Event
Bishops Leadership Training Institute
Where can ACNA bishops find a relaxed time for mutual encouragement, conversations on episcopal life and leadership, sharing of best practices, mutual care and prayer?
Join us for this leadership event for bishops-- both those recently consecrated and never having received such orientation and those desiring “tune ups” in various areas pertaining to episcopal ministry. During our time together we will have time for conversations, questions, and answers around the following topics that bishops will have already viewed online:
- Introduction and Overview of Diocesan Episcopal Ministry
- Spiritual Authority in Episcopal Ministry
- The Bishop as Chief Pastor and “Spiritual Father” to the clergy
- The Bishop as Evangelist, Teacher and Guardian of the Faith
- The Bishop as Guardian of Discipline (Title IV overview and best practices)
- The Bishop as Administrator (with focus on relationship to the Standing Committee or its equivalent and Diocesan staff)
There will also be in-person presentations and discussions on the spiritual, physical and emotional health of the bishop and his family. In addition to the group sessions, bishops will meet in small groups for sharing and prayer, for longer conversations around larger issues, and to share fellowship and recreation in the beautiful landscape surrounding Glen Eyrie conference center in Colorado Springs.
“The first new bishop’s training came five years after I was consecrated Bishop of Cascadia. I am so very grateful to the American Anglican Council for providing the guidance and resources that I had wished were available when I first started. Now five years later writing to you as Dean of the College of Bishops, I highly commend the upcoming AAC bishop’s gathering to both new bishops and current diocesan bishops to equip us for selfcare, pastoral ministry, administration and leadership in challenging times. We have learned a lot since the ACNA was formed, and this will be a wonderful opportunity for you to benefit from the fruit of our labors and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.” +Kevin Allen, Diocese of Cascadia
We hope you will join us!
Dates: Monday, September 20 – Friday, September 24, 2021
Arrival Details: Please plan to arrive in Denver no later than 3 PM and in Colorado Springs no later than 4 PM on Monday, September 20th. Registration at Glen Eyrie begins at 3 PM, and dinner is at 6 PM.
Departure Details: Please plan to depart Denver no earlier than 3 PM and Colorado Springs no earlier than 2 PM on Friday, September 24th. A boxed lunch will be provided upon departure from Glen Eyrie.
Payment: $1,250/person – lodging, meals (dinner Monday through lunch Friday), and taxes.
Double occupancy at $900 may be available if an even number of attendees request it. Please indicate whether you would be interested in double occupancy, and we will contact you if it is possible. If in the end you share a room, we will reimburse you the difference in cost.
All meals can include dietary options. Please check the appropriate box on the registration page to indicate any dietary restrictions you have, and then click the link below to fill out a Special Diet Form. If you have any questions please email Bev Mueffelmann at firstname.lastname@example.org:
Google Form: https://forms.gle/GeneWGyyTNrsMuU59
About the Bishops Leadership Summit
In September 2018, the American Anglican Council hosted the first annual Bishops Leadership Summit in Glen Eyrie, CO, to partner Bishops from dioceses in the Anglican Church in North America with bishops from dioceses in the Global South and GAFCON. The purpose of this AAC Bishops Leadership Summit was to build global mission partnerships for Gospel and Kingdom impact between Biblically-faithful bishops and their dioceses across the Anglican Communion. We hosted 19 bishops for this Summit who provided teaching, reflections on the bishops’ presentations, and one-to-one spiritual direction with other bishops who sought them out. We were grateful for the seven ACNA bishops and 9 bishops from Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Burundi, Brazil and Canada who came to partner with each other for the purpose of encouraging and strengthening gospel mission in each other’s dioceses for the years to come. This movement continued into the next year, with our 2019 Summit taking place in Glen Eyrie, CO, and creating new partnerships.
One of the distinctive features of the AAC Bishops Leadership Summit is that it is a learning community. The participating bishops select the topics they wished to address, which may include: the bishop as a pastor to the pastors; the bishop as chief missionary and disciple-maker; apostolic power in apostolic ministry; spiritual authority in episcopal ministry; balancing God, family and ministry; and more. Over the last two summits and through a deep sharing of needs and hopes, the shape of mission partnerships emerged to include the mutual sending and receiving of mission teams (including clergy and laity) from diocese to diocese, and bishops participating in each other’s synods, ordinations, and other collegial meetings in much needed support, friendship, and encouragement.
In keeping with the American Anglican Council's global vision, we pray that these Bishops Leadership Summits will multiply the number of Biblically-faithful bishops and dioceses partnering in mission across the Anglican Communion. We seek to help launch a growing network of bishops and dioceses undeterred by false teaching and released to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission to make disciples of all nations! (Matthew 28:16-20).