Bishop's Conclave

The Bishops’ Conclave: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Posted on June 18, 2024

What is a conclave? Put simply, a conclave is a private meeting of bishops gathered to select a new archbishop or for other important business. The conclave’s Biblical prototype is the apostles’ gathering, on the first Easter evening, behind a locked door. Theologically, a conclave puts emphasis on Christ as the key. Etymology of the…

What Do People Look For in a New Church? (Suddenly Surging Part 3)

Posted on April 30, 2024

(Part three of five in David Roseberry’s Suddenly Surging series on church growth.) A friend once shared a valuable lesson she learned from a performance review at her previous job. Although her position was secure, her boss wanted to address a specific personality trait that he found bothersome. When given a task, she tended to…

Is Your Church Suddenly Growing? (Suddenly Surging Part 1)

Posted on April 17, 2024

(Part one of five in David Roseberry’s Suddenly Surging series on church growth.) What is Going On? I first read a series of tweets from church leaders citing tremendous and unexpected growth in attendance in their congregations over the last few months. They were not commenting on Easter crowds but on Easter-like trends. Since their…

The Annual Meeting: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Posted on January 17, 2024

If the Super Bowl is within sight, it is usually time for congregations to have their Annual Meeting. It is often mandated by order of the church’s bylaws or parish or diocesan tradition. Still, it does make sense to gather the faithful members of the flock once a year to review the year past, assess…

The Rector, the Vestry, and the Bishop: A Foreword by Bob Duncan

Posted on January 3, 2024

Anglican Compass is proud to publish the Rev. Canon David Roseberry’s new book, The Rector, the Vestry, and the Bishop. It is already getting widespread acclaim from rectors, vestry members, and bishops throughout the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). Below is the forward to the book by none other than the founding Archbishop and…

Praise for The Rector, the Vestry, and the Bishop

Posted on December 20, 2023

Anglican Compass is excited to announce our publication of The Rector, the Vestry, and the Bishop by the Rev. Canon David Roseberry, now available in paperback and on Kindle. It is a second, significantly expanded edition of his book The Rector and the Vestry. The first edition has been used for teaching, training, and orientation…

How Goes It With Your Texting?

Posted on May 1, 2023

After five years of pastoring, I’ve reached a paradox. Texting is good: it helped me shepherd at least two people well. Texting is bad: it hurt my ability to minister to the congregation I served. The Good: Consistent Connection On the one hand, I texted to connect with two men struggling to follow Christ. Phone…

Pastors and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Nonviolence

Posted on January 18, 2021

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…

Can Habits Make us Holy? 

Posted on January 7, 2021

Does changing your habits change your life? Can you become healthier, happier, or holier if you incorporate new, small daily habits into your life?  I decided to start this year off with a new habit. I have to work out regularly because I have arthritis. If I don’t work out, I feel terrible all day….