A Call from the Bishops mini-conference

The report of the Bishops' gathering, All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi
22nd October, 2013

“Remember your leaders who spoke to you the Word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.”  Hebrews 10:7

“Watch your life and doctrine closely!”     1 Timothy 4:16

To serve the Lord of the Church as a Bishop in His church is an immense privilege. The foundation of Episcopal ministry and leadership is the call of God and the affirmation of the Church. No Bishop is,  nor ever should be, self appointed.  We are called and chosen. “Follow Me....You did not choose me but I chose you...”

A Bishop serves as...

  • a teacher of God’s Word
  • a faithful minister of Word and Sacrament
  • a shepherd of God’s flock
  • an example of holy living
  • a person of integrity and humility
  • one who will give account to The Shepherd of shepherds

It has always been important to watch closely our life and doctrine as we seek to be faithful and passionate teachers of God’s Word written. But in the light of recent moral failures and fascination with theological novelties, more than ever we are called to keep a close eye on our doctrine and a careful eye on our character and way of life. We are committed to further the vision of a biblical, missional, Christ centred Anglican Communion.

A Call to Repentance

We repent of any selfish pursuit of power, financial impropriety, excessive materialism or extravagant lifestyle, family failings, slothful leadership and unbiblical teaching.

A Call to Rejoice

  • We rejoice in 21st Century facilities which can sharpen Gospel ministry and strengthen Gospel partnerships among Bishops and other church leaders.
  • We rejoice in the spread of the Gospel, the growth of churches and the increasing numbers of Bishops.
  • We rejoice in the deepening bonds and developing Gospel bonds with Christian leaders of other traditions.
  • We rejoice in the courageous witness of brother Bishops in some of the conflict situations of our world.
  • We rejoice in the courageous witness of some of our fellow Bishops in parts of our beloved Communion where they have been distanced or displaced because of their Gospel position passion and purpose.

A Call to Revival...

  • We will encourage prayer for revival. We will lead in the renewal of the Church and in the transformation of our communities and countries.
  • We will work and pray towards the fulfilment of the words of Amos - “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”              Amos 5:24

A Call to Resilience...

  • Sometimes it will be tough in the cause of the Gospel. There is a difference between personal foolishness which leads to unnecessary conflict and Gospel faithfulness which leads to painful persecution.
  • We are called to persevere and keep going, not to get weary in well doing and to endure to the end.
  • We are to fight the good fight, keep the faith and finish the race. By the grace of God we will!

In order to further the vision of a biblical missional Christ centred Anglican Communion

WE RESOLVE to be...

  • Teachers of God’s Word
  • Faithful ministers of Word and Sacrament
  • Shepherds of God’s flock
  • Examples of holy living
  • People  of utter integrity and Christ-like humility
  • Accountable to Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep

WE RESOLVE...

  • To serve...not dominate, to lead...not dictate.
  • To give faithful service... not to cultivate celebrity status. 
  • To care for God’s flock... not feather our own nest.
  • To live lives marked by financial integrity, sexual purity and Christ-like humility.
  • Not to be lovers of money but to seek first HIS Kingdom.
  • To lead in mission and grasp missional opportunities.
  • To watch our lives and doctrine closely.
Posted November 5, 2013