About Winfield Bevins

Winfield Bevins is the Director of Church Planting at Asbury Theological Seminary. He frequently speaks at conferences on a variety of topics and is a regular adjunct professor at several seminaries. As an author, one of his passions is to help others connect to the roots of the Christian faith for spiritual formation and mission. His latest book, Ever Ancient Ever New: The Allure of Liturgy for a New Generation examines young adults who have embraced Christian liturgy and how it has impacted their lives. He and his wife Kay have three beautiful girls Elizabeth, Anna Belle, and Caroline and live in the Bluegrass state of Kentucky. You can find out more about him at his website, www.winfieldbevins.com.

Embracing Solitude in a Season of Social Distancing

For many of us words like “silence and solitude” are strange and even a little scary. Whether we like it or not, we all will have to embrace some degree of solitude in the coming weeks due to the coronavirus. For many, this will extremely difficult, but for others, this will be a gift of grace to go deeper in [...]

By |2020-03-18T17:06:33-05:00March 20th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |1 Comment

Real Presence: Reclaiming the Legacy of Anglo-Catholic Church Planting

When it comes to Anglican church planting, we often think of modern evangelical or charismatic examples such as Holy Trinity Brompton in London. But what about the Anglo-Catholic movement that has its roots in the “Oxford Movement” of the nineteenth century? Are Anglo-Catholic Church Planters a Thing? Let’s be honest, when you hear think of the Oxford Movement and Anglo-Catholicism, [...]

By |2019-11-05T13:46:19-06:00August 12th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

Putting the Fire in the Fireplace: Anglicanism and the Holy Spirit

A fireplace exists to hold a fire. Without fire, a fireplace merely becomes a cold ornamental shell. Likewise, fire without a fireplace, can easily become wildfire having no container. The Anglican tradition is kind of like a fireplace that is meant to provide a structure or a foundation for a lively faith that allows us to be open to the [...]

By |2019-05-30T22:18:22-05:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Theology|Tags: , |1 Comment

Scripture in the Anglican Tradition

Charles Simeon once said, “The Bible first, the Prayer Book next, and all other books and doings in subordination to both.” Anglicans love the Bible. In fact, when most people attend an Anglican church, the first thing they notice is the central role of the Bible. Each Sunday, there are usually four readings of Scripture: one from the Old Testament, [...]

By |2019-01-07T10:15:46-06:00May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, History, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: |1 Comment

Whatever happened to the Anglican Via Media?

Reclaiming the Via Media The Via Media stands as one of Anglicanism’s greatest gifts to the world. However, as I view the North America context, it seems that much of Anglicanism here has lost its Via Media lately. Too often contemporary Anglicanism feels politicized and polarizing, leaving little room for those of us in the middle, but as we look to both the past and [...]

By |2020-05-19T14:12:51-05:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, History, Theology|Tags: , , |6 Comments

Encouraging Family Discipleship

Having children is one of life’s most wonderful privileges, and it carries with it an amazing responsibility to shape the hearts and lives of our children. In fact, I can’t think of any greater responsibility than being entrusted with a human life. We have been made stewards of the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of our children. Grace is Key [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:38:55-06:00August 18th, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |0 Comments

Fasting for Lent

Lent is a time for prayer and fasting. It is a season of spiritual preparation in which we remember Christ’s temptation, suffering, and death. Historically, the church has celebrated Lent as a 40-day period beginning on Ash Wednesday and concluding the day before Easter. It is observed in many Christian churches as a time to commemorate the last week of [...]

Story of a Multicultural Church Plant

With over 337 languages, the United States has become one of the most multicultural and multilingual nations on earth. To meet the challenge, the Anglican Church in North America has embraced a broad range of individuals who are carrying out the church planting mission. Through this diversity, one can see that one size does not fit all and one model [...]

By |2015-12-16T07:48:42-06:00December 16th, 2015|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

Following Jesus Through the Church Year

(Make sure to check out our Rookie Anglican Guide to the Church Calendar!) As fall approaches, I look forward to pumpkin spice latte and the change in the color of the leaves. Every year, my family and I look forward to the different seasons. Each season brings its own unique rhythm, weather, traditions, and memories. Spring, summer, fall, and winter [...]

By |2020-05-22T14:58:32-05:00September 29th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: |0 Comments

Family Discipleship

I am very encouraged the upcoming Anglican family Gathering at Christ Church, Plano, Texas this coming October, written about here at AnglicanPastor by David Roseberry. We need a revival of family discipleship that begins in the home. Parenting is an amazing responsibility. I will never forget February 25, 2004. It was the day our first daughter was born. It was the day [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:42:37-06:00September 1st, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Discovering The Daily Office

The Field Guide for Daily Prayer is a collection of prayers that will inspire your heart toward a deeper love for God and his Word. It can be used in a variety of ways: for individual private devotion; for small groups; or even for church gatherings. We are creatures of habit. We all have rhythms, routines, and rituals [...]

Common Prayer: The Origin Story

Author and theologian J. I. Packer says of the Book of Common Prayer's influence on the British people, “Long before the age of fish and chips, the Book of Common Prayer was the Great British invention, nurturing all sorts and conditions of Englishmen and holding the church together with remarkable effectiveness.” Before the Book of Common Prayer, the prayers and [...]

10 Ways to Walk Through Lent

Lent is a season of spiritual preparation in which we remember Christ’s temptation, suffering, and death. Lent is a traditional time for Christians to draw closer to Jesus through prayer, reflection, fasting, and repentance. Here are a few simple ideas for keeping this ancient Christian observance. Historically, the church has celebrated Lent as a 40-day period beginning on Ash Wednesday [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:45:28-06:00March 10th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism|1 Comment

5 Signs of Clergy Health and Longevity

The road to ministry is filled with pastors who burned out, committed moral failure or simply walked away from the ministry. For many, what started out as an exciting adventure ended up as a nightmare. Peter Drucker, who Business Week has called “the man who invented management,” said the four toughest jobs in America (in no particular order) were: President [...]

By |2015-05-15T10:54:55-05:00February 24th, 2015|Categories: For Pastors|0 Comments

Catechesis and Anglican Church Planting

A companion piece to Fr. Lee Nelson's series on Catechism, and Canon Dan Alger's article on sacramental church planting, by Dr. Winfield Bevins.  What does Anglican church planting and catechesis have in common? The answer is a lot. As Fr. Lee Nelson recently and masterfully pointed out, Christians have used catechesis to teach the essentials of the faith for centuries. And [...]

By |2020-05-22T14:28:08-05:00February 19th, 2015|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |2 Comments

Intercessory Prayer

“Intercessory prayer is exceedingly prevalent. What wonders it has wrought! The Word of God teems with its marvelous deeds. Believer, thou hast a mighty engine in thy hand, use it well, use it constantly, use it with faith, and thou shalt surely be a benefactor to thy brethren.” C.H. Spurgeon What is intercessory prayer? According to Webster, intercede means simply, [...]

By |2020-05-22T14:40:49-05:00September 25th, 2014|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: |1 Comment

Meditative Prayer

By Winfield Bevins. A continuing series on prayer. Click here to view the rest of these reflections.  “We have some idea, perhaps, what prayer is, but what is meditation? Well may we ask; for meditation is a lost art today, and Christian people suffer grievously from their ignorance of the practice. Meditation is the activity of calling to mind, and thinking over, [...]

By |2019-03-12T17:15:57-05:00September 18th, 2014|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: |0 Comments

Where is God when Bad Things Happen? 

by Winfield Bevins. With the rise of persecution against Christians in the Middle East, we are reminded that we live in a world full of pain and suffering. In the midst of a bad economy, natural disasters, and the growing risk of international terrorism people are seeking real answers to tough questions. Many people feel alone and unable to handle [...]

By |2019-01-07T10:18:36-06:00September 10th, 2014|Categories: Anglicanism, For Pastors, History, Pastoral Ministry|0 Comments

The Lord’s Prayer

By Winfield Bevins. A continuing series on prayer. Click here to view the rest of these reflections.  “While we ordinarily first bring our own needs to God in prayer, and then think of what belongs to God and his interests, the Master reverses the order. First Thy name, Thy kingdom, Thy will; then give us, forgive us, lead us, deliver us… In [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:47:10-06:00September 4th, 2014|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: |0 Comments

Keys to Personal Prayer

By Winfield Bevins. A continuing series on prayer. Click here to view the rest of these reflections.  Every believer can have a dynamic personal prayer life. The Bible gives us the keys that we need to develop a powerful prayer life. The Scriptures are full of examples of men and women who walked with God and used prayer to impact their world [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:47:22-06:00August 28th, 2014|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: |0 Comments

Four Things Before You Pray…

By Winfield Bevins. A continuing series on prayer. Click here to view the rest of these reflections.  Before praying, there are four things that we should take into consideration. First, schedule a regular prayer time. Find a time everyday to spend in prayer. The important thing is that we should be consistent. The psalmist said that he prayed seven times a day. [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:47:25-06:00August 21st, 2014|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: |0 Comments

What is Prayer?

By Winfield Bevins. A continuing series on prayer. Click here to view the rest of these reflections.  Prayer has always been God’s way of communicating with His people. In every age men and women have talked with God in prayer. It is the primary way that we build a relationship with God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:47:27-06:00August 14th, 2014|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: |0 Comments

Introduction: A Pastor’s Thoughts on Prayer

By Winfield Bevins. “We must learn to measure ourselves, not by our knowledge about God, not by our gifts and responsibilities in the church, but by how we pray and what goes on in our hearts.” -J.I. Packer This is a series of blog posts entitled “A Pastor’s Thoughts on Prayer.” They are written to help readers develop a powerful [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:47:31-06:00August 7th, 2014|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: |0 Comments