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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

AN AMAZING NEW DAY AT C2D

WE HAVE NEWS...

As of July 1, I am now able to give myself fully to serving the local church here in CT and to call2disciple.

I am stepping away from my role of overseeing clergy and congregations in Anglican Mission effective June 30.

It’s a big step for us.

Since June 2001, I have served as a bishop in Anglican Mission. I have had two primary responsibilities: to serve the local church and to oversee clergy and congregations in this exciting work of planting churches all across the country and especially in the northeast.

But it left little time to come alongside Erilynne in her work of discipleship. And, to be honest, this is my heart and passion.

We started out in 1978 together. I first met her at a discipleship meeting that she led. I saw her single focus: To grow people up in Christ and to equip and empower them for His service. She actually believed that Jesus meant what He said: “GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES.”

What an amazing privilege. The Lord allowed us to do this together.

Over the past year we have asked this question: Is it possible to serve the churches of Anglican Mission and beyond by stirring up vision, desire and passion for discipleship in the local church?

I am grateful to say the answer is yes.

The Chairman and the Board of Anglican Mission approved this request. It allows me to remain active in the episcopal office by doing what Erilynne and I -- along with our amazing friends at call2disciple – love to do.

We get to focus on discipleship. Here in CT and across the country.

As you can see on the schedule of retreats for the fall, the Lord is opening opportunities to lead C2D RETREATS. This is a Friday night-Saturday retreat that allows us to do discipleship. Not just talk about it – I mean DO IT!!!

We are really excited about this new change!

What do you think?!?

All these years I’ve been serving Anglican Mission, the Lord blessed Erilynne in continuing the work of discipleship. It’s how this ministry of ARIEL, and under the ARIEL banner, call2disciple was born. And now come July 1 – we get to do it together again.

What blessing! An amazing new day.


Thad and Erilynne Barnum
Trumbull CT

2 comments:

LindaB said...

Thad, This is wonderful! I thank God for HIS call on your life and on Erilynnes. And now to be able to do it together full time, what a privilege. I pray God's blessing on you both and we look forward to having Erilynne here for our Women's Retreat in January.

Sallie said...

GREAT NEWS IN A GREAT SEASON -- AS IN YOUR BIRTHDAY TODAY!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, THAD! SHOUTING THANKS FOR YOU FROM THE COLORADO MOUNTAINTOPS!! LOVE, SALLIE AND KEN

John 15:1-11, the Vine and the branches. "Is He everything to you?