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Sure Foundation is a training and equipping program that enables congregations to grow numerically and spiritually.
Designed for parish leadership (clergy and lay), Sure Foundation addresses issues of vision, evangelism, discipleship, every member ministry and much more! Sure Foundation also helps parish leadership teams develop a strategic growth plan for their congregation.
The program is primarily for groups of churches from a regional area (or diocese); however, individual churches may schedule a session.
There are six Sure Foundation sessions. During these sessions, church leadership teams meet for training with Canon Phil Ashey of the AAC and other selected teachers. A typical session includes 10 hours of training and spans two days (usually a Friday night and Saturday morning/afternoon). Depending on the session, participants may hear lectures, watch videos, form break-out groups, take spiritual-gift inventories, perform skits along with other engaging activities that promote discussion and engage the listener.
The six Sure Foundation sessions are:
1. Plateaued and Perplexed: Getting our Churches Growing
2. Evangelism with an impact: The ABCs of Making Disciples
3. People with a Kingdom Focus: The Prayer Driven Church
4. From Maintenance to Mission: Becoming an Outreach Focused Church
5. Reaching Young Families: Small Group, Youth & Children's Ministries
6. Church Planting & Mission Partnerships: Multiplying Disciples and Congregations
While participating churches are not required to take every session, they are asked to take them in order.
Between sessions, congregations are strongly encouraged to meet with a regional coach to follow up on the sessions' topics and other issues as they arise. We have found that, while very informative, the two-day sessions must be accompanied by one-on-one coaching to best encourage and support the congregations.
If you are interested in finding out more about a Sure Foundation Program for your diocese or region please contact Mary Orr at email@example.com.
Sure Foundation Leadership
The Rev. Canon Philip Ashey is the Chief Operating and Development Officer of the American Anglican Council. Canon Ashey provides legal and canonical advice to churches and provides pastoral care for clergy and other leaders. He is currently working on new educational and training materials for Sure Foundation and the Clergy Leadership Institute, both geared to meet the needs of all Anglicans seeking to be more "missional" in 21st century America.
He has been a member of the Governance Task Force which drafted the Constitution and Canons of the new Anglican Church in North America and currently serves on the Provincial Council. He served as Chair of the task force which formed the new ACNA Diocese of the South where he now serves as Canon Pastor.
Fr. Ashey is in his 23rd year of serving in the ministry during which he served many congregations large and small, led and participated in mission trips to Uganda and Kenya and taught at Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA.