10 years ago today, I was planting a church and serving as a regional leader in The Anglican Mission in America. I drove from Lansing, Michigan to Wheaton, Illinois to sign the Constitution and Canons of what would become the Anglican Church in North America.
Eventually, I would have the opportunity to serve the ACNA faithfully in two full time roles simultaneously as both Canon to the Archbishop as well as the Chief Operating Officer. For 7 years, I traveled on average of 200,000 miles per year in the air on behalf of the ACNA to develop domestic and global partnerships and strengthen the 1,050 congregations within the movement.
I have been involved in Anglican realignment for many years — starting with the days of the Anglican Awakenings in the late 90s and early 2000s — and the cost for my involvement has been extraordinarily high.
I have been part of all the significant Anglican leadership gatherings all over the world starting in 2008 until 2018. London many times (including the 2012 GAFCON Leadership Meeting), Canterbury in 2016 to represent the ACNA at The Anglican Communion Primates Meeting, Africa (including the 2013 GAFCON in Nairobi, Kenya), Asia (many times for the Global South Anglicans), South America and Australia – ending with leading the ACNA delegation from North America to GAFCON Jerusalem in 2018 as well as coordinating the annual Provincial Council Meeting held in a foreign country.
In 7 years, there were plenty of times where I feared for my own personal safety or found myself rushing home to be with my children in Pittsburgh (and then Atlanta after moving with the transition in Archbishop from Pittsburgh to Loganville) after spending days in meetings or on airplanes.
Thanks to Facebook, I’m reminded constantly of such memories like 10 years ago today. Having put in the blood, sweat and tears into building the ACNA, I’ve got mixed feelings looking back on this 10th anniversary of being in Wheaton, Illinois to sign the Constitution and Canons. And I’m certainly entitled to my opinions since I’ve put in the time and been at all the meetings and done all the work. But, hindsight has turned into regret at times and I find myself working against the bitter root from setting in.
Besides learning invaluable lessons on leadership, I believe I have an understanding of what Anglicanism is and is not – and what I believe Anglicanism can still be.
To quote Mark Twain: “reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” And, I’m still standing, by the grace of God.
The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
* Bishop Jack Lumanog and The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola are not affiliated in any way with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) and/or the Global Anglican Fellowship Conference (GAFCON).