About Greg Goebel

Greg is a coach and consultant to pastors and leaders. He is the founder of Anglican Compass (previously known as Anglican Pastor). He is an Anglican Priest of the Anglican Church in North America. He served in a non-denominational church before being called into the Anglican church in 2003. He has served as a Church Planter, Rector, and Canon. Email him at greg@pastorcoach.net for a free session.

The Fourth Sunday in Advent; Annunciation, A Collect Reflection

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here.

Collect for the Fourth Sunday of […]

Donald Trump is Distracting Me From Myself

For some, it is so easy to get angry at President Donald Trump. He gives them reasons every day via the convenience of Twitter to see him as the problem. For others, the “fake news” mainstream media is a daily focus. For still others, it is the democrats or Hillary or “progressives” or activists. I’m pretty moderate myself, but I […]

By |2019-01-03T16:16:43-06:00November 15th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , |2 Comments

The Search for Identity and the Church

The search for identity is the assignment that our society puts upon us from our earliest days. Who am I? What am I?

Cultural messages from commercial, activist, governmental, family and other sources seek to shape our identity every day, and yet they usually include the message “you are whatever you want to be.”  And yet we can’t find out who […]

By |2019-01-04T22:37:32-06:00September 13th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |0 Comments

Music Recommendation: Steadfast Live by Sandra McCracken

The Anglican Pastor does not normally review albums. However, when Anglican music leader Sandra McCracken of St. Mary of Bethany in Nashville is releasing a new album, our ears are wide open.

I’m not an expert at reviewing music, but I am a musician and pastor. I listened to Steadfast Live (Available […]

By |2019-01-04T22:37:37-06:00August 24th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism|0 Comments

Are Icons Okay to Use in Prayer and Worship?

A long time ago on a continent far, far away, Christians had several councils to discern whether icons and sacred images could be used to aid worship and prayer. Iconoclasts wanted no images or icons, and Iconophiles wanted to retain them.

After a lot of debate and prayer over centuries, it was finally determined that if a person is looking to […]

By |2019-01-04T22:37:39-06:00August 9th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Support Campaign Update

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By |2017-11-10T15:04:17-06:00June 15th, 2017|Categories: Miscellaneous|2 Comments

Help Us Take a New Step! Anglican Pastor 2017 Fundraising Campaign

Dear Readers,

Me pretending to talk to people during a photo shoot. Photo by the amazing Richard & Win Norris

Thank you very much for your support! In 2016 you paid for our website costs and supported our social media software.

We couldn’t do this without you.

And now we need your help in taking […]

By |2017-11-10T13:31:52-06:00May 25th, 2017|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Don’t Wait Until You Figure Out Grace and Works Before Doing Both

Try an experiment that I lived for a decade:  Get out a legal pad. Write out all of the scripture references from the concordance that refer to salvation by grace. Then write out all the commands to do good works. Try to sort out the difference between ceremonial law and and moral law.

Work on drafts of precise ways to articulate the […]

By |2019-01-04T22:37:45-06:00May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism|5 Comments

The Living and the Dead in Christ

You are not an alone. All baptized believers are a part of the People of God – a spiritual family that goes back to the beginning. This helps us know who we are, and shows us that we belong.

The Sadducees visit Jesus one day. This was during a time in Jesus’ ministry when it seems like everybody was trying to […]

By |2017-12-21T14:23:03-06:00May 9th, 2017|Categories: Miscellaneous|3 Comments

Anglicanism is Not Denominational

Mere Christianity

C.S. Lewis wrote that the various Christian groups are like rooms in a great hallway. The shared central beliefs of our Faith are the great hallway, but the various communions are the rooms. Each person finds the room that fits them best (baptist, presbyterian, Roman Catholic, etc), but must remember that we are all in the same house and share that same […]

By |2019-01-04T22:37:52-06:00April 25th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism|12 Comments

I’m not an Anglican During Holy Week

I love being an Anglican Christian. This Communion is my home, these are the people I’m called to serve with, and I’m thankful for the beauty of this tradition.

But during Holy Week, I’m not an Anglican. I’m not a Baptist either. Or a Presbyterian. Or a Roman Catholic.

Maundy Thursday

On Maundy Thursday, my feet are being washed, and I’m washing feet. There […]

By |2019-01-04T22:37:52-06:00April 11th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

Why Pray for the Dead?

“For all those who departed this life in the certain hope of the resurrection, in thanksgiving let us pray to the Lord.”

In Anglican worship, we don’t pray to the deadBut, we do  pray for the dead and we pray with the dead.

Many people have asked me why we do this. Most of the time they are asking because they were raised in […]

You Miserable, Wretched Sinners!

You miserable, wretched sinners!

You will hear this during Lent. Some will be offended, as these words seem rude and unworthy of creatures created in God’s image. To retain these words would be to wrongly imply that human beings are supposed to grovel before God and debase themselves.

Others will be pleased, as these traditional words seem to capture the full spirit […]

By |2017-11-10T13:31:55-06:00March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How to Lent and Why: Questions for an Anglican Priest

Lent is about to kick us in the seats of our pants soon, when it darkens our foreheads, and then takes away our chocolates. Not to mention causing us to face our privilege by helping others and then making us read the Church Fathers in the original Latin or Greek. (I made that last part up).

So what is this Lent […]

By |2019-01-04T22:38:09-06:00February 27th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Clergy Political Activism: When should we get involved?

Churches and clergy are supposed to be politically non-partisan. Sometimes clergy are able to participate in politics as individuals (such as voting), but for the most part, they are to refrain from partisan politics. We serve the King of Kings, and represent his Church, not a particular party. Our mission and calling is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ […]

By |2017-11-10T13:31:57-06:00February 2nd, 2017|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , |14 Comments

An Ordinary Book to Read for Advent

A Review of Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren.

People don’t always like the word ‘ordinary.’ We like things to be ‘awesome’ or ‘fresh’ or ‘exciting’ — anything but ordinary. In teaching and writing about the Church Year, I’ve noticed that a lot of people are confused by the fact that the calendar has Ordinary time in it.

We like […]

By |2020-10-27T10:10:21-05:00December 5th, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Re-Evangelization of Me

Often when we talk about re-evangelization, we are thinking of the re-evangelization of our nation. We need to reach those outsiders. Those people out there who don’t love God. Of course, I’m okay because I know God loves me, right? We’re the ones who get it!

If re-evangelization means a renewal of the proclamation of the Gospel, the good news, then […]

By |2016-09-27T09:23:58-05:00September 27th, 2016|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

The Church Year: Climbing the Mountain

Sometimes we see a “cycle of the church year” that is like a pie chart. This is very helpful in understanding the time element, and cyclical nature of the Church Year. I’ve used it before myself. However, the experiential element is not like a circle or a pie chart. Instead, I prefer to think of a mountain trail.

Think of the […]

By |2020-12-23T16:16:43-06:00August 30th, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: |3 Comments

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Thank you for being a part of our community of writers and readers.

This morning I visited an Anglican church. It was a joy to join the worshippers as we praised God together and then stayed after for a luncheon.

During the luncheon, a woman took the time to thank me for Anglican Pastor. She is new to the Anglican […]

By |2016-08-23T09:33:45-05:00August 22nd, 2016|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Why Common Sense Fails Us in Leading a Church or Church Plant

Someone is starting a church plant, but has no special training, experience or study in church planting. They’re planning to just gather a group for prayer and worship, and see what happens. Often that’s exactly what they’ve been told to do.

These are priests who have been trained in the Bible, theology, preaching, pastoral ministry –but not church planting. They are trusting […]

By |2019-01-08T17:31:07-06:00August 16th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Abuse Prevention in the Local Church

Ten or Fifteen years ago, I used to hear people in church say, “Why do we need to have a sexual abuse prevention program? That kind of thing wouldn’t happen here.” No one says that anymore.

Jesus said that we should never allow a little one to stumble. We need to take our responsibility seriously to provide as safe a community […]

By |2016-08-08T14:17:04-05:00August 11th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

Ancient Anglican Evangelism

There is a perception that Anglicans in North America don’t have our own history of evangelism. Or at least not one that comes from within our own tradition. Not true! The church in England began by a powerful evangelistic mission that followed Jesus’ commands in Luke’s Gospel. So the Anglican tradition has within itself a powerful story of evangelism and […]

By |2019-01-08T17:06:52-06:00July 21st, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism, History|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

Confession of Sin: Things Left Undone

There is something in the Anglican service that really makes me uncomfortable. It is not something I encountered often before I experienced the classic Christian liturgy. At the Confession of Sin, we pray:

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,

But if I’m being honest, its the next line that rattles […]

By |2019-01-04T22:38:59-06:00July 14th, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , , |5 Comments
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