A Rookie Anglican Goes to the Telos Collective #Intersection2018 Conference


In case you’ve never heard of it, The Telos Collective is an initiative of the Anglican Church in North America [ACNA], created:

  1. “to gather Anglican leaders from every diocese who think like missionaries, who are committed to using every strategy at their disposal to reach 21st century North America for Christ” and
  2. “to renew the Anglican church with the confidence and tools it needs to turn outward—to be re-missioned and re-sent into the world to joyfully make disciples.”

The Telos Collective is under the leadership of ACNA Archbishop Foley Beach and Bishop Todd Hunter (leader of the “Churches for the Sake of Others” [C4SO] diocese). Here’s a video introduction to the Collective:


An integral part of the Telos Collective is the yearly “Intersection Conference.”

The Intersection Conference is a missional greenhouse for Anglican leaders who want to engage culture. Each year, this group of leaders will exchange ideas, share strategies for disciple-making in a post-Christian North America, and explore new ways of re-missioning the Church. The conference will also birth Learning Communities, local vehicles for continuing the conversation about mission in contemporary culture.

Here’s the five-year outline for the Intersection Conference:

  • 2017: Gospel
  • 2018: Culture
  • 2019: Missional Ecclesiology
  • 2020: Missional Leadership
  • 2021: God’s Empowering Presence

Last year’s conference was devoted to the topic of “Gospel.”

This year’s conference, held at Northern Seminary in Lisle, IL (just down the road from me in Wheaton, IL!), is devoted to the topic of “Culture.”

Today (Thursday, May 17), we get to hear opening remarks from Bp. Todd Hunter, then talks from Scot McKnight (A Biblical Foundation to the Culture Conversation) and David Fitch (Past and Present Proposals on the Intersection of Church and Culture).

Friday, the main speakers are Kyuboem Lee (The Practice of Eucharist to Shape a Justice-Oriented People), Jennifer McBride (Repentance and Humility as Political Witness), William Cavanaugh (No Such Thing as Atheism: Secularization and Idolatry), and W. David O. Taylor (The Dynamic Relationship Between Art and Mission).

Then, on Saturday, we hear from Esau McCaulley (Towards a More Diverse Anglicanism), before a closing panel session featuring Katelyn Beaty, Jack Gabig, and A. Cameron Robinson.

I’m excited for #intersection2018, because the topic of “Culture” relates to the work we do here at Rookie Anglican in order to make Anglicanism more accessible to Anglicans and the Anglicurious!

Stay tuned for my reflections on the conference. And, if you happen to be at the conference, please say “hello” if you see me!



Joshua Steele

Josh Steele was the first Managing Editor of Anglican Compass. Learn more about him at joshuapsteele.com.

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