Gafcon Chairman’s September Letter

Sep 9, 2020 by

By Foley Beach, Gafcon:

[…] It seems trite and overused to say we are living in ‘unprecedented times.’  But the reality is that we are.  These times are still ‘unprecedented.’  But they are not unique.  The history of the Church is full of the changes and chances of life and the followers of Jesus continued on with His ministry and His message.  So, in the midst of these times, we press on towards Christ and His purposes for us.  We go forward.  Always Forward.  Everywhere Forward!

In 2008, as I sat in the midst of clergy, laity, bishops, and leaders, I couldn’t help but get caught up in the GAFCON moment and the Gafcon movement.  The GAFCON moment for me happened so fast.  And it was so spectacular.  Followers of Jesus from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation praising God and crying out for mercy, for repentance, for clarity.  At the time I was a priest leading a church plant near Atlanta, Georgia.  I had come to know and experience firsthand the crisis of leadership and faith in the Anglican Communion.  This crisis is well documented and has been well discussed.  But in just a brief moment that GAFCON experience launched me to a greater trajectory: the Gafcon Movement – a call to repentance, to renewal, and to the reformation in the Anglican Communion while taking the saving message of Jesus to the ends of the earth.

We are a movement of faithful Anglican followers of Jesus who not only see the ecclesiastical deficit in the Anglican Communion, but who also see a tremendous Gospel deficit.  The Gafcon movement is restoring biblical integrity to the Anglican Communion and giving its time and energy to that Gospel deficit in the world. We are seeking to proclaim Christ faithfully to the nations. There are billions of people in this world who have not heard the good news of the Gospel.  There are billions of people who have not even met another “living and breathing” Christian friend or acquaintance.  I am passionately excited about Gafcon’s efforts to share the Gospel of Jesus, not only in our own provinces, but to the unreached peoples all around the world.

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