Anglican 1000 was born to help fulfill the prophetic call from Archbishop Bob Duncan for the Anglican Church in North America to faithfully and passionately pursue God’s commission to spread His Gospel and glory to the ends of the earth by planting 1000 churches in 5 years. The 1,2,3 challenge is both the renewal of that call and a process for its strategic implementation:
The three strategies are:
Jurisdictional- In the Jurisdictional Model, Dioceses and Networks set aside leadership, funds, and other resources to catalyze a new plant. Centralization makes numerous plants difficult, but is a great way to catalyze planting in strategic areas where planting is needed and we have no other churches.
Congregational- In the Congregational Model, a local church or team of churches, sacrificially send out people and resources from their number to plant a new church. Like the birth of a child, it is painful and difficult, but it brings about beautiful new life. Our desire is that one day multiplication is the norm in our local churches as a natural outcome of the pursuit of the Great Commission.
Pioneering- Planting in diverse cultural settings and people groups requires churches contextualized to fit the local environment. There is no one right way to plant a church, or one style of church that will work in every setting. The Pioneering Model encourages innovation and the implementation of creative methods for planting, funding, leading, strategizing, worshipping and organizing while maintaining integrity in our standards of theology, polity, ecclesiology and ethos. The Pioneering Model grants great freedom in the practical pursuit of planting in order to explore new territory and build flourishing communities of faith.
Employing these different strategies allows us to intentionally pursue the work of planting in a manner properly contextualized for each of the diverse and varying cultures within our Province.
If we rise up and meet this 1,2,3 challenge, we truly will have planted 1000 new churches in 5 years!
In order to make this vision a reality, Anglican 1000 is dedicated to coming alongside every diocese, local church, and individual who is willing to take part in this great work in whatever ways that we can.
Join with us, and may God give us success in this endeavor!