Agents Not Enclaves

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes, Frontpage News

Dear Christ Church,

The late Lesslie Newbigin, one of the greatest church leaders of the past century, wrote “The church is . . . not meant to call men and women out of the world into a safe religious enclave but to call them out in order to send them back as agents of God’s kingship.” That about sums up my experience of Christ Church the past week.

Last night I spent some time with our Mission Team, listening to two reports: (1) about the Matthew 25 Gathering, our denomination’s growing effort to build a culture and community of North American Anglicans doing gospel work among vulnerable and marginalized populations across our continent. Ten people from our parish attended! Read the report here; (2) we heard a report on the recent Christ Church trip to support and serve the Khmer church in Cambodia, where less than 2% of the population is Christian. We’ll get to hear all about these activities in both services March 24th.

Earlier in the day our Worship Pastor, Wes Crawford, described his trip next week to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. He was invited by a ten year-old church plant made up of nearly 1200 people from all over the world who have moved to Dubai for work, some just for a season and some for a longer term. Wes will be working with their worship team to give them practical help on planning and leading corporate worship. Pray for him as he travels and works with this international team, and give thanks to the Father with whom we have communion through the Son by the one Spirit.

Last Sunday, after the service, we all processed into the courtyard for the Local Mission Fair where Christ Church-ers represented several of our initiatives in Central Austin, responding to your interest and questions about joining God in His mission.

And finally, I was honored to be with one of our parishioners, alongside some of you, as we sent her off to live and serve in the Muslim world, and then again commission her from both services last Sunday.

Co-agent of God’s kingship, with you,
Cliff+

P.S. Today is Fr. Matt’s birthday, and mine. It’s fun to share a birthday, and ministry, with you, Fr. Matt. Happy Birthday!