When the Anglican Church in North America began in 2009, our first archbishop, Robert Duncan, called for 1,000 churches to be planted in five years. Between 2009 and 2014, the ACNA planted roughly 475 churches were planted; not exactly 1,000 but still a mighty work of God. Holy Spirit Anglican Church was started in January 2010 and was one of the first few churches that were numbered as a fulfillment of the call. We started as a church plant, and church planting has been in our blood ever since.
Part of the founding vision of our church was that we would be a church plant that planted more churches. But why should we do so? Does San Diego really need more churches? The answer is yes. According to recent data, roughly 12% of the population of San Diego county attends church with any regularity. Based on the population of the county, that means 2.94 million people are un-churched. While there may be some truth to the adage that being in church does not make one a Christian, research has shown that one of the most effective ways to spread the Gospel to those who have never heard is to plant a church. Church planting emboldens and enables the sharing of the Gospel, to which people respond.
Right now our church is engaged in the early stages of planting a new church in Chula Vista. This effort is being led by Fr. Chris Bodiford and Angel Andre Nuno, along with their families. We will have a larger platform to speak of the vision and process for this new church at our Rector’s Forum on Church Planting on Sunday, April 28th. However, between now and then articles will appear here in the Weekly Update to give you a glimpse into what is going on.
As with every aspect of our church life, feel free to ask questions of Fr. Brian, Fr. Chris, Angel Andre, or any of our leadership about these efforts.