Welcome to the Jesus Movement: Episcopal Church announces 2017-2018 revivals

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Episcopal Church is working with diocesan teams to organize a series of Episcopal Revivals in 2017 and 2018, six major events that promise to stir and renew hearts for Jesus, to equip Episcopalians as evangelists, and to welcome people who aren’t part of a church to join the Jesus Movement.

“I love the surprised response when people hear we’re organizing Episcopal Revivals,” said the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, the presiding bishop’s canon for evangelism, reconciliation and stewardship of rceation. “Why wouldn’t we? A revival is a movement of the Spirit among the people of God, a concrete sign that we want to share God’s love out loud with each other and with new people. That sounds like the Jesus Movement.”

The six Episcopal Revivals will vary in design, but most will be multi-day events that feature dynamic worship and preaching, offerings from local artists and musicians, personal testimony and storytelling, topical speakers, invitation to local social action, engagement with young leaders, and intentional outreach with people who aren’t active in a faith community.

The revivals rise from partnerships of diocesan leadership and the Presiding Bishop’s Office for Evangelism Initiatives. Neighboring dioceses are welcomed and encouraged to join.

Revivals are multi-day events filled with such elements as energizing worship and prayers services, dynamic preachers, mesmerizing music, personal testimony and storytelling, topical speakers and a call to action.

“These ‘Jesus Movement’ revivals will motivate, equip, and mobilize dioceses to love and follow Jesus and to engage in his work of evangelism and reconciliation,” said Carrie Boren Headington, the church’s consulting evangelist for revivals, who also serves as missioner for evangelism in the Diocese of Dallas. “We’re beginning months beforehand with research and training for leaders to learn about the locations where God has placed them and to build faithful relationships with their neighbors and communities. Then we work with local teams to shape an inspiring gathering that shares the good news in word and deed.”

Spellers explained that the revivals serve as a foundation for continued service to the Jesus Movement. “Every revival will have a clear plan for follow-up, to continue to water seeds the Spirit has planted. There might be a new church plant or new Mission Enterprise Zone,” she explained. “It might be a Jubilee Ministry born of new, reconciling relationships in the community. Most of all, we hope these revivals help Episcopalians and our neighbors everywhere to fall more deeply in love with Jesus – a loving, liberating, life-giving God they might never have met before.”

Revival Dates

Six Episcopal Church Revivals have been slated for 2017 and 2018, and more will be planned in the years ahead:

Feb. 3 – 5: Diocese of Pittsburgh (pilot)

May 5 – 7: Diocese of West Missouri

Sept. 23-24: Diocese of Georgia

Nov. 17-19: Diocese of San Joaquin

April 6 – 8, 2018: Diocese of Honduras

July 2018: Joint Evangelism Mission with the Church of England

The first revival will be held in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, called The Presiding Bishop’s Pilgrimage for Reconciliation, Healing and Evangelism in Southwestern Pennsylvania. It will feature a worship service celebrating Absalom Jones and other gatherings that invite people across boundaries and into a reconciling relationship with each other and with God. Many of the events will be live-streamed or available on demand here.

For more information on the revivals contact Headington at ccboren1@gmail.com or Spellers at sspellers@episcopalchurch.org. For information on the revival in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, contact Rich Creehan at media@episcopalpgh.org or check the website here.

Comments

  1. Jennifer Myers says:

    I’m very excited about the Jesus Movement. I would invite the Church to encourage all churches to hold Bible study classes. Episcopalians cannot evangelize and share their Christian faith without a foundation in scripture.

    Trinity Cathdral, Sacramento, CA

  2. Kevin Miller says:

    Can one be scheduled in Province One?

  3. Elizabeth Beach says:

    Totally agree & endorse what Jennifer Myers & Kevin Miller said above – on Christ the solid rock we have stood, are standing & will stand !

  4. Kilty McGowan says:

    I would think this would be very welcome in the African American Episcopal Church but not in the
    TEC. This “movement” will fall flat on unwelcome face!

    • Teresa Parris says:

      I wonder why why would you feel this way Kilty?

    • Thomas Finlay says:

      And so might many regions or congregations in the Church itself fall flat, if the Spirit, make that the Holy Spirit, is scorned when hints of emotional devotional response seem to put off those seemingly representing the ‘frozen chosen’ of old in our beloved (by me) denomination.
      I presume that ‘unwelcome’ is a personal solo witness statement. Sigh… Just when there seemed to be a little light at the end of our shrinking tunnel.

  5. Tod Roulette says:

    The African American Episcopal churches are equally a part of TEC and your statement about
    The receptivity of black churches to a revival shows a very limited idea of who black Episcopalians are, The movement of the Spirit of God among all his people and little faith in general.

    • Thomas Finlay says:

      Reading the Acts of the Apostles, it seems that there was the equivalent of revivalism taking place around the Apostles and new converts after the appearance of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. And that first Christian Pentecost (and presumably what followed in Jerusalem ) was *planned* by Christ himself.

  6. Great but. .. prepare for revival, yes; plan a revival, no.

  7. John farlow says:

    This sounds suspiciously like the revival movements of various Christian denominations. They can be helpful, but they can also be divisive…pitting those whose evangelical fervor overflows into sometimes judgemental condemnation of those who don’t share their leanings. I agree with Alan…prepare for revival, yes: plan a revival, no.

  8. Jettie Pelletier says:

    Could we get one scheduled in Eastern NC at our convention center in New Bern?

  9. Beth Hardin says:

    I find this full of possibility. Bishop Curry taught his Diocese of NC to “go deep, go speak, and go.” “Go deep” – become better rooted and stronger – is the first step. “Go speak” is, in part, about understanding how we can share the gospel well. And then, go. Many things can hold us back. Are we ever fully prepared? Do we always agree? But the world needs us now. I’m excited. Few would consider me an evangelist, but I am more convinced than ever in my fifty something life that we must work for the Kingdom.

  10. Elmo Len Holmes says:

    Praise be to God for this oh to rare of an evangelism event. I pray for you my fellow children of the Most High. Please remember St Andrew’s Church; Diocese of Tn; New Johnsonville, Tn. in prayer. We have a largely un-churched population and empty pews, and we need the Holy Spirit to pass over this Valley of Dry Bones cause this generation to know the Lord.

  11. Brother Tupper, TSSF says:

    Preach. If necessary use words.—-Francis of Assisi. By the way, Jesus said, “Go into the closet to pray.” Seems like I remember something about “kenosis” when I studied Christology.

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