Today we completed another Rector’s Summit for Vision and Planning (RSVP), this time held in Concord, MA. The American Anglican Council and LeaderWorks hosted and developed the 4-day rector’s retreat. This is our third RSVP gathering. As you can see from the photos, we had a lively and engaged group of Rectors! Our purpose at these gatherings includes:
- Ministering to and strengthening the inner-life of our leaders,
- Creating a learning community among the gifted leaders of our top 200 congregations in the ACNA, to share their expertise in all areas of leading a congregation;
- Bringing together rising young leaders and seasoned older leaders to learn from each other; and
- Providing ongoing “after-support” through Clergy Covenant Care Groups.
Our teaching team includes Canon David Roseberry (LeaderWorks), Rev. Geoff Chapman (St Stephen’s Sewickley PA), the Revs. Jonathan and Andrea Millard (Ascension, Pittsburgh) and myself. It is a singular privilege and honor to work with such a devoted team.
Frankly, there are too many highlights to list, and I can go on and on about the personal blessing of listening to and praying with so many great clergy leaders in our Anglican Church. But instead I’d like to pass on the testimony of the Rev. Canon Alex Cameron, Canon for Leadership Development in the Anglican Diocese in New England:
“I have been to many different leadership training and development events both in the Church and in the corporate world. RSVP stands alone in its unique integration of practical information and wisdom with engagement in growing the leader’s heart. Through David Roseberry’s seasoned offerings on generosity and Phil Ashey’s vivifying expositions of the Canons (yes, the CANONS), Jonathan Millard’s testimony on grace in the midst of suffering and Geoff Chapman’s gentle exhortation to a slower and holy life, as well as the fellowship with other leaders from around the Province, I was both blessed and encouraged. So often events like this are focused on giving skills to produce results in ministry. I felt this was about growing fruitfulness in pastors instead - which is the Biblical way of producing results.”
If you would like to know more about our AAC Leadership Development opportunities and Clergy Care Covenant Groups, please contact the AAC at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to multiply faithful leaders at every level of the Church!
The Rev. Canon Phil Ashey is President and CEO of the American Anglican Council.