On Anglican Missions in Madrid

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As part of our True North Campaign, we are publishing articles that highlight the missionary impact of Anglican Compass. Here we welcome Duane Miller, who explains his missionary work in Madrid and the missionary value of Anglican Compass. Enjoy!

Let me give you a brief summary of the sort of ministry we have here in the glorious city of Madrid. After that I’ll tell you how Anglican Compass serves to help me in different facets of those ministries.

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A Missionary in Madrid

First, I serve as associate priest at the Anglican cathedral. Yes, there are Church of England parishes in Spain through their Diocese in Europe, but they have their cathedrals in Gibraltar (UK) and Brussels. I’m talking about the Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church—no relation to the REC in the USA—which was formed by Spanish Catholics in the late 19th Century as they ingested Reformation material and reacted against the novelties of Vatican I, like the promulgation of the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception.

I’m also professor at the Baptist-sponsored seminary. I mostly teach history of Israel and OT, though have been called on for lectures about missiology, Muslim-Christian relations and sociology of religion as well. None of my students are Anglicans. The Spanish Episcopal Church also has a training program for lay readers and bivocational folks preparing for ministry, and I teach (online) there too.

And finally, I’m founding co-pastor of a small Arabic-speaking, interdenominational Christian fellowship called Kanisa. Kanisa consists both of believers from Christian and Muslim backgrounds.

The Missionary Value of Anglican Compass

Now let me tell you how Anglican Compass is a useful asset in my missions work.

First, I get a lot of questions about Anglicanism. Sometimes they come from students or people who attend my talks, or people whom I meet at the cathedral who have wandered in from downtown Madrid. Anglican Compass is a good resource for answering simple questions in a winsome and accessible manner. And I’ve written a few, including this introduction to Holy Orders.

Second, it allows for me to have an avenue for sharing on and advocating Anglican missionary work. I have been a missionary since 2005 and I love this vocation, and I want others to be aware that this could be a vocation for them as well, whether lay or ordained. I’m not the only one to publish about missionary work. A fine example is “The Surprising Contextualizability of Anglicanism—Yes, Anglicanism—to Frontier Mission Fields” by Chris Royer.

Third and furthermore, Anglican Compass is a great vehicle for sharing about mission to and among Muslims. Consider this piece that I co-authored with Bp Bill Musk, formerly bishop in Tunis, on “Anglican Contributions to the Church’s Mission to/among Muslims”. I’m sure we could have had that published in a print journal which would become visible to…very few people really. I didn’t want to go that way and Compass agreed. This places us on the edge of global mission, which is where we need to be.

Fourth, orthodox Anglicanism needs a voice in continental Europe. Yes, there is Anglicanism in continental Europe. And we need to have a voice and help people to be aware of this reality. There are many voices and ways of being Anglican here, from Portugal to Turkey, from Cyprus to Finland. Compass gives voice to some of those voices that are orthodox and evangelical or orthodox and catholic.

These are the reasons why I find Anglican Compass a useful website. These are the reasons I am happy to see Anglican Compass continuing strong and why it is worth your time and mine (and your money and mine) to make sure it it not only stays up and running, but also expanding into new ventures.

Please support the work of Anglican Compass, so we can continue supporting mission work in Madrid and around the world!

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December 5, 2022

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Duane Miller

Duane Miller serves as priest at the Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer, associate professor at the Protestant Faculty of Theology at Madrid, and founding co-pastor at Kanisa, an Arabic-language Christian fellowship.

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