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From the team at Anglican Compass.

A Tribute to Thomas McKenzie

Thomas avoids the temptation to turn Anglicanism into a subject to merely be dissected, instead choosing to be a guide along the way as someone is seeking to be formed as a Christian, and as an Anglican.

I vividly remember sitting in my car in the parking lot of the Music and Arts store here, talking to Fr. Thomas McKenzie on […]

By |2022-03-21T11:44:23-05:00August 24th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|5 Comments

Thank you LeaderWorks!

Dear Supporters,

We want to thank you for supporting both LeaderWorks and Anglican Compass!

When I founded Anglican Compass (then called Anglican Pastor) I dreamed of a multi-author site that made Anglicanism accessible. We got to a certain point, but couldn’t break through.

Then David Roseberry came along and dreamed up the idea that LeaderWorks could take on Anglican Compass as a program, […]

By |2022-03-21T11:44:26-05:00June 24th, 2021|Categories: Editorial|0 Comments

Pastors and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Nonviolence

Pastors often struggle to discern how to advocate for social change when public advocacy is so fraught with the possibilities of violence, division, and partisan power.

Pastor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, led a movement for social change in racial inequality and oppression, poverty injustice, and unjust warfare. He did so as a pastor and leader and his decision to lead […]

By |2022-03-21T11:44:29-05:00January 18th, 2021|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , |0 Comments

Pastor, Do You Need a Coach? Consider Missional Formation Coaching

The Pandemic Pastor

Ministry life can be overwhelming at any time, but with a pandemic, the pressure is even greater. I’ve been working with pastors as a canon for the past eight years, but this past year has been the most stressful for pastors I’ve ever seen.

When I experienced burnout ten years ago, I had many supporters who helped me find […]

By |2022-03-21T11:44:34-05:00December 21st, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership, Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

Time is Running Out on Our Fall 2020 Support Campaign!

“There simply aren’t enough websites like this out there. I look forward to sharing this and other articles with the people of our mission parish.”

We are asking our readers to give a monthly gift. Your gift of $5, $10, or $25 per month will support our mission.

As […]

By |2022-03-21T11:44:38-05:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Editorial|Tags: |0 Comments

How Does Anglican Compass Use Our Funds?

As a ministry of the nonprofit LeaderWorks, we are dedicated to using our funds for mission and service to Christ and his Church. 

Your support helps us pay for the costs of our website (hosting, domain, maintenance, etc.), develop new books and resources, and provide service to the Church. 


We keep our […]

By |2022-03-21T11:44:40-05:00November 16th, 2020|Categories: Editorial|Tags: |0 Comments

Every Writer Needs a Good Editor! Here’s How You Can Help

I have been in writing ministry for over twenty years. I hate to admit it, but I still need a good editor! 

The pastors and laypeople who write for us are volunteers. They are busy in their ministry, and yet they take the time to share insights, explanations, and inspirations with us all. Our managing […]

By |2022-03-21T11:44:43-05:00November 9th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

Here’s How You Can Help an Anglican Pastor

“There simply aren’t enough websites like this out there. I look forward to sharing this and other articles with the people of our mission parish.”

Anglican pastors are serving all over the world. We are preaching the gospel, sharing the love of Christ, and leading in the Anglican way. 

By |2022-03-21T11:44:48-05:00October 26th, 2020|Categories: Editorial|Tags: |0 Comments

Here’s How You Can Help a New Anglican

“You communicate it so clearly, it’s easy for anyone to understand, even if they weren’t always liturgical.”

I remember walking into an Anglican church plant for the first time. I had so many questions! Why did they use a book of prayers? Why did the clergy wear a collar? What did the various colors […]

By |2022-03-21T11:44:50-05:00October 21st, 2020|Categories: Editorial|Tags: |0 Comments

We Need Your Help to Build Anglican Compass!

We are asking our readers to give a monthly gift to help us continue this ministry and mission. Your gift of $5, $10, or $25 per month will directly support our team in serving new Anglicans, pastors, and leaders. 

As a thank you, we’ll send you the devotional eBook, 30 Days with […]

By |2022-03-21T11:44:52-05:00October 12th, 2020|Categories: Editorial|Tags: , |0 Comments

Why Do Anglicans Bow to the Cross?

I was a new Anglican, trying to participate by watching everyone else. I heard a voice shout “Please stand” and then “Blessed be God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!” As a cross passed, some people bowed their heads.

Parade of Clergy?

Everyone stood up as we sang a hymn. […]

By |2022-03-21T11:44:53-05:00August 27th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |6 Comments

Read Esau McCaulley’s “Reading While Black” with Your Church!

In Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope, the Rev. Canon Dr. Esau McCaulley has captured for us the “ongoing conversation between the collective Black experience and the Bible.” This is a timely book for today, when many Anglican churches in North America are seeking to learn from the Black tradition.

Fr. Esau is an […]

By |2022-03-21T11:44:53-05:00July 8th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

Why Does Anglican Compass Critique the Anglican Church in North America?

Anglican Compass is led by priests in the Anglican Church in North America. But we are not an official publishing arm of the ACNA. Recently, the ACNA asked us to help provide resources for ministry in a time of pandemic, which we are happy to do. Yet we remain unofficial. Our mission is to come alongside the ACNA, and […]

By |2022-05-19T11:15:08-05:00May 28th, 2020|Categories: Editorial|Tags: |2 Comments

Interactive Easter Vigil for Home Use with Music Selections

Are you at home for the Easter Vigil? We have created an webpage with a guided tour of the Great Vigil of Easter, BCP 2019, with music links for streaming. You can learn more about Holy Week and the Easter Vigil here.


Visit the Great Vigil of Easter Page


The liturgy normally assumes a church gathered, but this […]

By |2022-03-21T11:44:55-05:00April 8th, 2020|Categories: Liturgy & Worship, Miscellaneous|0 Comments

The Church is Not Closed

Churches all over the world are not holding public gatherings, and are moving their ministries to online or one-on-one ministry. They do this as an act of love, not out of fear. But we are not closed; we are more active than ever.

Fear is understandable, and we should take this virus seriously. But we are not suspending public worship gatherings […]

By |2022-03-21T11:44:55-05:00April 1st, 2020|Categories: Pastoral Ministry|Tags: |1 Comment

I’m Afraid. Are You?

We all feel fear. Fear of viruses affecting loved ones, financial fears, or just a general sense of foreboding. During any time of crisis or disorientation, fear is a natural and normal reaction. In fact, without fear, the human race would not survive. It warns us of danger, based on our ability to anticipate what might happen based on what […]

By |2022-03-21T11:44:56-05:00March 30th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |2 Comments

Clarity, Charity, and Coronavirus: A Letter from the Editors

Greg Goebel and Joshua Steele collaborated on the following piece.


We’ve clarified what clarity and charity look like when it comes to navigating the Anglican tradition, but what do these Anglican Compass values look like when navigating the global Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic? If you’re a church leader, how do you balance the concerns for public safety, fellowship, […]

By |2022-03-21T11:44:56-05:00March 16th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

Reading Scripture During Lent

Despite its focus on repentance, Lent is no exception to the gracious focus of all Scripture—Jesus Christ himself. Scripture is always about redemption.

How should we read Scripture in Lent?

Before we look at that question, we have to lift a few burdens.

  • First, not all of us are expert Bible scholars, and that’s okay. As the Church Father […]
By |2022-03-21T11:44:56-05:00February 25th, 2020|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What Are the Main Worship Services during Lent and Holy Week?

Ash Wednesday

If you are new to Lent, you can go to any Anglican, Lutheran, or Roman Catholic Church on Ash Wednesday. Or find another type of church that has an “Ash Wednesday” sign.

None of the traditions listed here require that you be a member to participate in the Ash Wednesday service. Just note that Orthodox churches (Greek, Russian, etc.) have […]

By |2022-03-21T11:44:57-05:00February 20th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: |0 Comments

What’s the Point of Lent?

The following list (drawn from our book, Lent: The Journey from Ash Wednesday through Holy Week) is not exhaustive, but consider these Lenten lessons.

Lent reminds us that we are sinners and we need to repent.

We are sinners and we need to repent—even after we are baptized, saved, forgiven, and healed. Yes, we continue to be a part of this […]

By |2022-03-21T11:44:57-05:00February 18th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: |1 Comment

Readings for Pastors on Race in America

Serving in Christian ministry in America requires a knowledge of the racial history and current reality of our context. We need to understand how people are affected by our racial history and present struggles, especially through the African American experience.

I’ve found the following books to be helpful to me for understanding perspectives on race and society. There are many […]

By |2022-03-21T11:44:58-05:00January 30th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Miscellaneous, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: , |4 Comments

The Prayer of Humble Access

The Prayer of Humble Access is a traditional part of the Anglican service of Holy Communion. I recently found out how beloved the Prayer of Humble Access is to so many Anglicans when I posted about it on Twitter. I posted what I thought was a slightly humorous tweet poll which indicated some questions I have about the placement of […]

By |2022-03-21T11:44:58-05:00October 14th, 2019|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|2 Comments