In April of 2016, I felt the Lord leading me to found the organization Anglican Men. The vision I had from the Lord was simple: to see men in the Anglican Church engage in missions both locally and globally, and to encourage one another as Christians who are truly interested in being better men after the example of our Lord Jesus Christ. I founded the original chapter of Anglican Men at my home church, Christ The King Anglican, in Birmingham, Alabama. We are incredibly grateful to God for His sustaining grace as we grow in numbers and in faith.
This September, Father Chris visited our Anglican Men’s group in Birmingham to share about his missiological “Canterbury Conversion,” moving from an evangelical, non-sacramental faith into sacramental Anglicanism. He talked about the relevancy of tradition, sacramentalism, and liturgy for discipling believers from Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim backgrounds.
Father Chris’ message was well-received. The Rev. Michael Novotny, newly installed rector of Christ the King Birmingham, commented that he wants to further explore the opportunities to fulfill the Great Commission Anglicanly with AFM. The Rev. Dr. Gerald McDermott, Chairman of The Institute for Anglican Studies at Beeson Divinity School, remarked, “Father Chris really hit it out of the ball park tonight.”
Father Chris’ visit was a great step toward engaging with AFM in the future. Anglican Men was founded for similar purposes as AFM: to see the gospel shared with all peoples, including the largest and least-evangelized people groups of the world. Anglican Men is looking forward to partnering with AFM to achieve this goal. I would like to encourage all men within the ACNA to start Anglican Men chapters in every parish.
*If you would like to learn more about starting an Anglican Men chapter at your local parish or diocese, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Bill Hill
Founder of Anglican Men