Who is the Convergent Christian Communion?
Our Communion was birthed out of a vision laid out by Rev. Drew Haywood-Larsen and Rev. Kenny von Folmar. These two ministers sought to establish a safe haven for affirming clergy and ministries that identified as Evangelical, Sacramental, and Charismatic. In early 2014, Rev. Drew and Rev. Kenny began laying the framework that would provide the Convergent Christian movement with an inclusive network that could be a spiritual covering for clergy and ministries; in addition to equipping them with the resources, education and training needed to plant, lead and pastor a convergent christian community. On June 15th, 2014, our Communion was officially launched(then named The Anthem Network). The first General Assembly was held in August 2014, officers were elected and a Constitution was ratified.
In 2016, upon the death of Rev. Drew Haywood-Larsen, the General Council appointed Rev. Kenny von Folmar the Presiding Minister. Rev. Kenny was elected to a full term at the General Assembly held that same year. In 2016, our Communion renewed its purpose to be a place of Christian convergence and began its first transformation into a more balanced expression of what that meant.
After 2 years of dialogue and debate, our Communion completed that initial transformation by calling for the consecration of its first two bishops. Today, our bishops are consecrated within Apostolic Succession. The transformation of the Anthem Network is not over, with continued dialogue and debate the journey shared will continue.
In an effort to clearly articulate our identity, our members changed our name from The Anthem Network to the Convergent Christian Communion in the summer of 2019.
Our Vision is two-fold:
First, is to train, equip and provide a spiritual covering for ministers of the inclusive gospel of Jesus Christ.
Second, is to encourage the planting of inclusive worship communities that reflect our vision of a church that is a place of convergence for Christian Tradition - a church that is Evangelical, Sacramental and Charismatic. These three streams converge not in confusion but in unity, with no one stream overtaking over the other. We envision a church that honors Scripture, as interpreted by the continuing witness of our many fore fathers and mothers of faith. Our hope is that our worship communities become a place where worship is Biblical, Liturgical and Spirit-filled, ancient and contemporary, holy and joyful.
The Convergent Christian Communion exists within the Convergent Movement. The Convergence Movement is something of a mirror to the Charismatic Movement. With the Charismatic Movement, mainstream churches such as the Roman Catholic and Episcopal churches embraced the gifts of the Spirit. However, as the Spirit was being rediscovered in mainstream churches, within Pentecostal and independent Charismatic churches, a movement began to reclaim a fully apostolic faith - which involved sacramental and liturgical worship as the ancient Temple, Synagogue, and Church were liturgical. This movement to bring together the fullness of Christian tradition became known as a "convergence" or "three streams" movement since the churches and ministries that embraced this movement blended together the three major traditions of Christianity - sacramental/catholic, evangelical, and charismatic. Unlike most Convergence Movement organizations, our Communion is open and affirming.
We are Open and Affirming | We believe all persons are entitled to be treated with decency and respect—truly equals because we are all made by God and loved by God. We want to state clearly that no one needs to be afraid of judgment or exclusion from our Network because of who they are. All persons who live respectfully and responsibly, and who want to join us in following Christ, are welcome.
We are Charismatic | We believe that as the emerging Christian church that we are given the Spiritual Gifts by the Holy Spirit. We believe that the gifts are open and free to any believer who seeks them. We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit can range and vary for different believers.
We are Evangelical | We believe that as the church that we are called to be Evangelical in our mission and ministry – “To do justice, to love kindly and to walk humbly with our God” (Micah 6:8).
We are Sacramental | We believe that the church can embrace the Sacraments of both the ancient and modern Christian church. We believe the Sacraments are Baptism, Holy Communion and Ordination.
You can find out more about the Convergence Movement by reading the following link.
"What is Convergence?"- Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches.