Episcopal Church plans Revivals for 2017-18

In a press release issued today, the Episcopal Church announced that it will be holding a series of six Revivals in 2017 and 2018. The press release is below in full:

The Episcopal Church is working with diocesan teams to organize a series of Episcopal Revivals in 2017 and 2018, six major events that promise to stir and renew hearts for Jesus, to equip Episcopalians as evangelists, and to welcome people who aren’t part of a church to join the Jesus Movement.

“I love the surprised response when people hear we’re organizing Episcopal Revivals,” said the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, the Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Stewardship of Creation. “Why wouldn’t we? A revival is a movement of the Spirit among the people of God, a concrete sign that we want to share God’s love out loud with each other and with new people. That sounds like the Jesus Movement.”

The six Episcopal Revivals will vary in design, but most will be multi-day events that feature dynamic worship and preaching, offerings from local artists and musicians, personal testimony and storytelling, topical speakers, invitation to local social action, engagement with young leaders, and intentional outreach with people who aren’t active in a faith community.

The Revivals rise from partnerships of diocesan leadership and the Presiding Bishop’s Office for Evangelism Initiatives.  Neighboring dioceses are welcomed and encouraged to join.

Revivals are multi-day events filled with such elements as energizing worship and prayers services, dynamic preachers, mesmerizing music, personal testimony and storytelling, topical speakers, and a call to action.

“These ‘Jesus Movement’ Revivals will motivate, equip, and mobilize dioceses to love and follow Jesus and to engage in his work of evangelism and reconciliation,” said Carrie Boren Headington, the church’s Consulting Evangelist for Revivals, who also serves as Missioner for Evangelism in the Diocese of Dallas. “We’re beginning months beforehand with research and training for leaders to learn about the locations where God has placed them and to build faithful relationship with their neighbors and communities. Then we work with local teams to shape an inspiring gathering that shares the good news in word and deed.”

Spellers explained that the Revivals serve as a foundation for continued service to the Jesus Movement. “Every Revival will have a clear plan for follow-up, to continue to water seeds the Spirit has planted. There might be a new church plant or new Mission Enterprise Zone,” she explained. “It might be a Jubilee Ministry born of new, reconciling relationships in the community. Most of all, we hope these Revivals help Episcopalians and our neighbors everywhere to fall more deeply in love with Jesus – a loving, liberating, life-giving God they might never have met before.”

Revival Dates
Six Episcopal Church Revivals have been slated for 2017 and 2018, and more will be planned in the years ahead:

February 3 – 5: Diocese of Pittsburgh (pilot)
May 5 – 7: Diocese of West Missouri
September 23-24: Diocese of Georgia
November 17-19: Diocese of San Joaquin
April 6 – 8, 2018: Diocese of Honduras
July 2018: Joint Evangelism Mission with the Church of England

The first Revival will be held in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, called The Presiding Bishop’s Pilgrimage for Reconciliation, Healing and Evangelism in Southwestern Pennsylvania. It will feature a worship service celebrating Absalom Jones and other gatherings that invite people across boundaries and into reconciling relationship with each other and with God. Many of the events will be live-streamed or available on demand here. www.episcopalchurch.org/evangelism.

For more information on the Revivals contact Headington at ccboren1@gmail.com or Spellers at sspellers@episcopalchurch.org. For information on the Revival in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, contact Rich Creehan at media@episcopalpgh.org or check the website here.

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  1. E.S. Caldbeck

    Diocese of Iowa is participating in Revival 2017

  2. Kendalle Stock

    Thrilled to see this verbiage: “and to welcome people who aren’t part of a church to join the Jesus Movement.” So many “revivals” are predicated on the idea that people must become Christians….and try to convert others who are very happy and healthy in their own religions expression to our “correct” way. We have much we can learn from other paths. Don’t have a path? Come….we’ll show you a really wonderful, loving one. Happy where you are? Wonderful! Let us work together for peace.

  3. Laurie Allen

    wonderful idea…with the speakers and music, it reminds me of the old Chatauquas in the olden days.

    • Laurie Allen

      I love Michael Curry and his style, I may just have to come back to church.

      • Dixie Koenemann

        Me too, me too!!

  4. John kendall

    It’s time to thaw out the frozen chosen and join the Jesus movement.

  5. Sandra Koenig

    Diocese of Los Angeles? Please!

  6. Marylin Day

    Please assure that easy to use evangelism tools are a takeaway from these revivals. It’s exciting, I’m on the Evangelism Committee for our church, St. David’s in Bean Blossom, and love it! Sharing our love with a hurting world is so needed right now. Red

  7. Can these be streamed for those not able to be at the actual event? Please?!

    • Margaret Wessel Walker

      It looks like some of the events will be streamed, as per the release: “Many of the events will be live-streamed or available on demand here. http://www.episcopalchurch.org/evangelism.”

  8. Michael Safranek

    Will Chicago have an event lis this?

  9. Patricia Black

    I don’t see anything west of the Rockies. Why?

    • Margaret Wessel Walker

      San Joaquin is west of the Rockies

  10. Craig Kauffman

    Looks to me as if Presiding Bishop Curry is attempting to mimic popular Christian movements of 45 years ago in an attempt to revitalize the Episcopal church.

    Interesting that he would sponsor a “revival” in San Joaquin Diocese, which “seceded” from the Episcopal union in 2007-2009. Maybe he’s trying to woo back some of the churches who left?

    • David Allen

      I think that the Presiding Bishop and his squad are looking to share the Gospel with anyone in San Joaquin who might be interested in hearing about the Jesus Movement.

  11. The Diocese of San Joaquin has not seceded. Some former clergy and members left to avoid gays and women in leadership but the Episcopal Church is still there. A great place to hold a revival. https://diosanjoaquin.org/

      • David Allen

        Sometimes, Grasshopper, all is not as it seems! 😀

  12. Erwin Veale

    Come Holy Spirit, Come!

  13. David Wilson

    Maybe reconciliation mentioned in the Pittsburgh Revival (pilot) will include resolving the property issues with the Anglican diocese of Pittsburgh in a a equitable and non-litigious manor.

  14. salley stott

    I attended a revival in Wash.DC led by an Episcopal priest (or perhaps Bishop) from England many many years ago. It was WONDERFUL!

  15. Christopher Carter Sanderson

    BRILLIANT. Let’s take one for our three churches in Cuba, and bring lots of food!

    • David Allen

      Our three churches in Cuba?

      The Episcopal Church in Cuba has more than three churches, 43 parishes to date with + or – 10,000 members of record. Also, it is an extra-provential diocese that isn’t currently part of any province. So, it isn’t “ours” or anyone else’s.

  16. Christopher Carter Sanderson

    Then that makes the Episcopal Church of Cuba our neighbor, and we have explicit instructions from our highest authority on how to treat our neighbor. Offering them a Revival in order to congratulate them on and lend the strength of out faith to their ministry, and bringing lots of food to it because they are starving due to the rerouting of food to the tourism industry (per New York Times) might even make us seem like a good bunch to join. Or, you know, there’s also a name in the Bible for people who stand on divisive principle to justify inaction and that word is not “Christian,” is it, sisters and brothers? Nope. And I think that our Primate should adopt this as policy toward the Episcopal Church in Cuba and call his policy, “Cristo, Cuidado y Cerdo.”* (*roughly translated, “Christ, Caring, and Pork.”)

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