Petition from PEAR-USA to the House of Bishops of the Church of Rwanda

 

Petition from PEAR-USA to the House of Bishops of the Church of Rwanda

Author: 

George Conger

Petition to the House of Bishops of the Anglican Province of Rwanda
Greetings in the Name of the Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord and Savior: Praise the Lord!
We are grateful to God for his grace in the leadership of the Province de L’Eglise Anglicane au Rwanda in its indigenous missionary effort in North America. We are committed to participating in this effort and have a renewed sense of call to that end. With this petition we seek to clarify the identity of this effort.
Pursuant to Title 1 Can. 6, Sec 2{b}., we do hereby petition the House of Bishops of the Province of Rwanda for permission to erect and organize a Missionary Jurisdiction, known as Missionary District of the Province de L’Eglise Anglicane au Rwanda in North America through the implementation of the attached proposed charter for ministry to complement the Provincial Constitution and Code of Canon Law.
We humbly request that you grant this petition so that the work we are charged to do for the sake of the Gospel may continue to be advanced and the good order of the church insured.
Respectfully yours in Christ,
The Steering Team and Working Group
*As noted, a Charter for Ministry was included with the petition.  It covered in some detail:

Fundamental theological declarations

Fundamental mission

Ecclesiastical organization and governance

Churches, i.e., how to affiliate, how to join as a mission church, etc.

Clergy

Constituting an inaugural synod.

While it will become increasingly important for churches that consider affiliation with PEARUSA to know the details of the Charter for Ministry, we also want to respect the process. We expect our Rwandan bishops and leaders to adjust aspects of the charter. As that process advances, at the right time we will publish the charter for everyone to read. (Even then, however, we expect it to be a “work in progress” until the Inaugural General Synod, when it will finally be discussed, prayed through, and ratified.)
Until then, if you want to know more detail in any of our hopes concerning theology, organization, governance, affiliation, etc., please call one of the Steering Team members and we’ll share as much as we can with you.
As we stand today, we are filled with hope and encouragement as we anticipate a bright future as a missionary district serving the Lord Jesus,

through faithfulness to the Gospel,

through embracing the theological vitality of GAFCON’s Jerusalem Declaration,

through implementation of a vibrant and living Anglicanism,

through following the lead of our brothers and sisters in the East African Revival,

through a commitment to training pastors and church-planters, 

through a consistent strategy for planting and strengthening churches in North America, and,

through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.

In Christ,
Canon Steve Breedlove, on behalf of the PEARUSA Steering Team
March 28, 2012