Holy Week at Home: Good Friday Resources

Each week, the Evergreen Project Team is publishing a Resource Roundup for Ministry in a Pandemic. Earlier this week, in our Resource Roundup we included a number of Holy Week & Easter Resources—articles, websites, and other resources. Today, we want to focus specifically on Good Friday resources. It seems like Good Friday is actually more well-suited to digital experiences than [...]

By |2020-04-09T11:49:49-05:00April 9th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 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 has been [...]

By |2020-04-08T12:51:21-05:00April 8th, 2020|Categories: Liturgy & Worship, Miscellaneous|0 Comments

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 |2020-03-30T08:14:31-05:00March 30th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |2 Comments

COVID–19 Targets Single Christians

Note: As the prevalence of shelter-at-home orders and complete lockdowns increases, some solutions suggested in this article may become increasingly unwise. Everyone is accepting some level of self-imposed loneliness today so that those we love can have more life tomorrow. Even if some feel they are bearing more of that burden than others, they can look to Jesus, a sinless [...]

By |2020-03-25T21:16:19-05:00March 26th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |4 Comments

Ministry in a Pandemic: Resource Roundup (2020-03-26)

The Evergreen Project, led by Canon David Roseberry, is broadening its scope. Our job has been Creating, Collecting, and Curating Resources for a Thriving Church. In the midst of the current pandemic, and at the invitation of the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of North America, we want to help our parishes thrive specifically in the midst of this challenging, [...]

Spiritual Communion During the COVID–19 Pandemic

We are living through what is objectively the most widespread and devastating pandemic in living memory. As of March 19, most state and local authorities are banning meetings of more than 50 people, and President Trump has counseled, along with many public health officials, that people not gather in groups of 10 or more. John Inazu has recently written that [...]

By |2020-03-19T11:27:38-05:00March 21st, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous, Sacraments|Tags: |5 Comments

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

Help East African Leaders Visit the Holy Land

I’ve enjoyed leading study tours to the Holy Land for over 30 years, but I’ve always had a special interest in helping future Christian leaders make their first visit to the place where Jesus’s ministry happened. How powerful it can be for preachers to have their visual imaginations stirred by seeing the places where Jesus himself preached! In recent years, [...]

By |2020-03-17T17:55:26-05:00March 18th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 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, and [...]

By |2020-03-16T11:22:51-05:00March 16th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

Your Church and Coronavirus: Ten Suggestions (UPDATED)

It is upon us. Both the COVID-19 coronavirus and the fear of it have descended upon the world—and upon our nation. The unprecedented decisions to limit travel into the United States will send shock waves all over the globe. At the time of this writing, tens of thousands of people are symptomatic and several thousand have died. It is a [...]

By |2020-03-12T11:32:51-05:00March 12th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Miscellaneous|Tags: , |2 Comments

We’re Expanding Anglican Pastor into a New Family of Resources Called Anglican Compass!

Announcing Anglican Compass: Your Guide to Anglican Life! In order to better meet the needs of our growing audience, we are expanding Anglican Pastor into a new family of resources called Anglican Compass. We're not losing anything in this transition, we're expanding! Anglican Pastor will continue to exist as our "For Pastors" channel of Anglican Compass. Rookie Anglican will continue [...]

By |2020-03-01T11:20:09-06:00March 1st, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

REVISED: Coronavirus and Your Church: 10 Suggestions

It is upon us. Both the COVID-19 coronavirus and the fear of it have descended upon the world—and soon upon our nation. The unprecedented decisions to limit travel into the United States will send shock waves all over the globe. At the time of this writing, tens of thousands of people are symptomatic and several thousand have died. It is [...]

By |2020-03-12T06:15:51-05:00February 28th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Miscellaneous|Tags: , |2 Comments

What the Church Needs to Know About Sexual Abuse

Approximately one in four girls and one in six boys suffer abuse in their lifetimes. This means that, as we look out into our congregations, it is likely many have experienced this brokenness—and may even be currently experiencing it as we minister. If you have a congregation of 100, then approximately 25 women and 17 men have experienced it. And [...]

By |2020-02-23T14:35:08-06:00February 24th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

Unnatural Cravings: A Lenten Reflection

Learning to Love Lent The very first time I gave anything up for Lent, I did it with a desperate heart: not sure what I needed, not sure what I wanted, and not sure what the whole thing was about anyway. I was raising and homeschooling three growing children, teaching literature at my homeschool co-op, running 30+ miles a week, [...]

By |2020-02-17T10:43:14-06:00February 21st, 2020|Categories: Church Year, Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

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 |2020-02-03T21:44:21-06:00January 30th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Miscellaneous, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: , |4 Comments

Living in Liturgy: My Anglican Journey

We first enter through the bright red doors of an Anglican church, a preteen and two teenagers in tow. Questions permeate my thoughts, how will our children endure this shift, especially at this stage of their spiritual development? Is this even the right choice for our family? We have all grown up within the church; however, never exposed to liturgical [...]

By |2020-01-29T11:08:33-06:00January 30th, 2020|Categories: Liturgy & Worship, Miscellaneous|Tags: |9 Comments

How to Teach Like an Anglican: Developing a Distinctly Anglican Pedagogy

I suspect we can all readily articulate what it means to worship like an Anglican, to pray like an Anglican, and to read the Bible like an Anglican. But how much have we thought about what it might look like to teach like an Anglican? Conversations about the teaching ministry of the church tend to focus on the content of [...]

By |2020-01-27T11:17:43-06:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

My Anglican Journey: Burnout and Hope

There’s a movement happening—a movement of followers of Jesus rediscovering ancient forms of worship in a way that ignites fresh love and zeal for Jesus and His Church. Robert Webber described this movement more than thirty years ago in his book Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail. In the thirty years since Webber released his book, more and more Christians have [...]

By |2020-01-14T11:56:22-06:00January 16th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |2 Comments

How Do We Know If Our Experiences of God Are Real or Not? Lessons from Jonathan Edwards

How do we know if our experiences of God are real or not? If we thought that we, or our congregations, were experiencing revival, or renewal, how would we discern if it was really from the Holy Spirit? What would be happening? What wouldn’t be happening? If we pray for God’s work in our own hearts, and in the lives [...]

By |2020-01-08T15:58:15-06:00January 13th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous, Theology|Tags: , , |2 Comments

When Giving Keeps on Giving! Generosity Can Make a Difference for Decades

I met Herb at breakfast in 1992. He and I were newly elected members of a national board and met for the first time the day before. At breakfast the next morning, I walked right by Herb carrying my plate filled with bacon, eggs, and my morning coffee. “David, join me!” Herb called out to me as I walked by [...]

By |2020-01-12T12:20:37-06:00January 12th, 2020|Categories: Generosity, Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

How to Provide the Sacrament of Family to Single People

In the face of senseless suffering, it’s easy to doubt that God exists. Family is a sacrament that could make all the difference. But what happens when someone lacks the sacrament of family? Whether in the form of a miscarriage, suicide, divorce, terminal illness, sexual abuse, job loss, or the slow revelation of the everyday brokenness that cohabitates each of [...]

By |2020-01-09T07:12:50-06:00January 9th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

What NOT to Get Your Rector (Or Their Spouse) for Christmas!

I have been having fun writing about some gift ideas for Rectors and their Spouses. I served as a Rector for over 30 years and spend a lot of time now with Rectors and their families. I know that many laypeople want to get the Rector and their Spouse a gift for Christmas to show their love and appreciation. I [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:39:48-06:00December 19th, 2019|Categories: Miscellaneous, Opinion|Tags: , |0 Comments

What Your Rector’s Spouse Wants For Christmas

Earlier, I wrote a post about What Your Rector Wants For Christmas. I love Rectors and have the good fortune to spend time with, teach, coach, and encourage lots of Rectors around the Anglican Church in North America. But I don’t just love Rectors. I also love their families! The role of a Rector is unique. So is the role [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:39:54-06:00December 17th, 2019|Categories: Miscellaneous, Opinion|Tags: , |0 Comments

Thank You for a Wonderful Year!

Dear Readers, At the end of this amazing year, I want to thank our Managing Editor, the Rev. Joshua Steele, for a terrific ministry overseeing the day-to-day work of Anglican Pastor. He has helped our blog "step up" to the tremendous opportunity that we have to speak words of clarity and charity about the Gospel faith and The Great Tradition. [...]

By |2019-12-16T10:37:24-06:00December 16th, 2019|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments
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