Month: January 2018

BACI Launch of 2018 Lenten Study on the ‘Five Marks of Mission’

BACI_2018_launch_committeePhilip McKinley, Barbara Bergin, the Revd Dr William Olhausen, Archbishop Michael Jackson, Archbishop Richard Clarke, Canon Dr Ginnie Kennerley, and Canon Paul Houston at the launch of BACI’s 2018 Lenten Study.

Note: Following are excerpts from a press release from the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough at the launch of the BACI 2018 Lenten Study. See the post following the present post for detailed information on the study and additional information on where to obtain copies.

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Lynn Glanville, Diocesan Communications Officer, reports:

The 2018 BACI Lenten Study — As the Father Sent Me, So I Send You — was launched in Church House, Dublin, yesterday (Tuesday January 23) by Archbishop Michael Jackson. The Archbishop has put the ‘Five Marks of Mission’ at the centre of the United Dioceses of Dublin & Glendalough’s discipleship programme, Come&C.

The Five Marks of Mission were formulated in the Anglican Communion in 1984 and have been emphasised in the Church of Ireland in recent years. This year’s BACI Lenten Study focuses on the important aspects of Christian mission, moving from the teaching and pastoral care required after initial conversion to the wider societal challenges of the Gospel.

The writers contributing the study’s five chapters addressing each mark of mission are the Revd Jack Kinkead, the Revd Lesley Robinson, Mr Philip McKinley, Canon Paul Houston and Mr David Ritchie of the RCB. The Archbishop thanked the study’s editor, Canon Dr Ginnie Kennerley, for the way the work is presented and commended BACI’s accomplishments in bringing the Bible to the centre of life in the Church of Ireland.

Archbishop Jackson said that the invitation to “go and make disciples” is not just an invitation to go and recruit members. “It is about affirming people who are already doing good and interesting and Godly things.”

He drew out several nuggets contained in the Bible studies. Under the heading of the ‘Tell’ chapter of the study, he said one of the important questions raised is how the Church of Ireland would cope with a plentiful harvest, a question he suggested that is not often asked. The ‘Teach’ chapter highlights the importance of both instruction and modelling and looks at the holistic aspect of teaching.

The ‘Tend’ chapter looks at the wider responsibility and individual commitment that need to come together and the concept of praying for, and contributing to, the flourishing of the city we are in. The study looks at pilgrims, refugees and migrants but also people who are moving through a consumer society. The chapter also examines tending the self.

The ‘Transform’ chapter makes a plea for Christian engagement in politics. The Archbishop said that Christians are encouraged not to sidestep the political world and also to invited to seek ways of being in solidarity with others.

Archbishop Jackson discussed how the ‘Treasure’ chapter looks at the connection between theology and ecology. “It is very important for us in the Church of Ireland to have this articulated by the Chief Officer,” he stated, citing the chilling phrase used by Mr Ritchie that we are “chipping away at the goodness of the Earth”. He said the study highlights our theological responsibility, but also the need for a reversal of expectations whereby we walk or cycle where we would formerly have driven.

“Each of these studies draws in reflection, Scripture, commentary and prayer so as to comprehensively engage with the Five Marks of Mission…. The Marks of Mission are not exclusive of each other. In doing one you might actually be doing two or three. Mission is exciting. It is also an intrinsic part of our relationship with our neighbour,” he concluded.

Chairman of BACI, the Revd Dr William Olhausen, also thanked Canon Kennerley and all the BACI committee and contributors for their work on the study chapters. He said that each year BACI aims to engage the Church with more relevant studies and get more people involved. He said that the studies alert people to the broad canvas of what mission is and added that there is something for everyone in them.

Copies of BACI’s Lent 2018 studies are available at £2.25 or €2.50 each and are obtainable from the larger cathedral bookshops or by post from the Book Well in Belfast or the Biblical Association for the Church of Ireland treasurer, Barbara Bergin in Dublin berginba@gmail.com.

The full press release may be found online at: BACI Press Release. Contact for Lynn Glanville is dco@dublin.anglican.org

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2018 Lenten Study Available – ‘Readings to Support the Five Marks of Mission’

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The Biblical Association for the Church of Ireland (BACI) launches their highly engaging 2018 Lenten Study on the 23rd of January. The study, entitled, As the Father Sent Me, so I Send You – Readings to Support the 5 Marks of Mission, is a resource for churches to examine the subject of the Anglican Communion’s ‘Five Marks of Mission’ in the context of biblical readings.

Biblical Foundation. Christ sends his followers, his disciples, into all the world to share his love and his teaching (Matt 28:19-20), and to make new disciples whom he will send in their turn. We are to go in God’s peace, and we will succeed only through God’s gift of the Holy Spirit.  We are to ‘stay in the city’ until we ‘are clothed with power from on high’ (Luke 24:49).

Animated by the Holy Spirit. As Canon Ginnie Kennerley states in the Study Introduction, we must be grounded in this understanding of Christian mission before we seek to respond to the call for mission itself. Mission is — literally — being sent out, not by any human authority, but by the Lord himself.  We are to go in his peace, and we are not to go until animated by the Holy Spirit. If for his ministry Jesus himself needed the outpouring of the Spirit at his baptism, how could his disciples possibly dispense with such an anointing?

Five Marks of Mission as Road-Map. To enter into mission, we need to be disciples ourselves, and ‘to be aware at least that we are striving and seeking God’s help to be true disciples, following Jesus as he has revealed himself to us and seeking always to be faithful.  Only then can we dare share the Good News of the Kingdom, whether we are sent out across the world or to the house next door.’ Human beings need a structure or plan for mission.  The Anglican Communion’s Five Marks of Mission offer us this kind of road-map as we contemplate Jesus’ call to ‘make disciples’ for him. The Five Marks of Mission are Tell, Teach, Tend, Transform, and Treasure, each examined in the study in separate chapters structured to be used as individual group study sessions which include prayer, an introduction to the material, a relevant Scripture reading, and study questions to stimulate discussion.

Study Launch. Archbishop Michael Jackson will launch the 2018 Study on the 23rd of January at Church House, Dublin, at 1.15pm. Copies will be available at the launch at a ten percent discount for ten copies. The retail price is £2.25 or €2.50, obtainable from the larger cathedral bookshops, the Bookwell in Belfast, or the the BACI Treasurer, Barbara Bergin, berginba@gmail.com.

Copies of the Study may be downloaded below as a PDF file:

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