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DISCERNING
THE WAY
FORWARD

The church board of Horizon invites you to explore the opportunity our church has to find a new denominational home with Churches for the Sake of Others (C4SO), in the Province of the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA)

 

Below, we have provided resources to help you discern with us how God is leading us as a church community. We will create times in the future for further dialogue and prayer.

What is C4SO?

Churches for the Sake of Others (C4SO) is an “affinity” diocese within the province of the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA). It is led by Bishop Todd Hunter. It currently has sixty-five churches located in seventeen states.  C4SO began as a church planting movement in 2009 and has flourished since that time. Currently, C4SO has thirteen church plants, which our pastor coaches and gives oversight to. C4SO operates on five key values: Kingdom, Spirit, Formation, Mission, Sacrament. Watch this video for a brief overview on C4SO.

To learn more about C4SO, click below to explore their website, mission, values, and forebears.

C4SO

Resources

BOOKS

The Accidental Anglican by Todd Hunter

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The Anglican Way by Thomas McKenzie

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This book reflects a broad exploration of Anglican theology, but does not reflect all of Horizon's theological positions.

Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail by Robert Webber & Lester Ruth

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Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Warren

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Our Anglican Heritage by John W Howe

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This book reflects a broad exploration of Anglican theology, but does not reflect all of Horizon's theological positions.

Our Common Prayer by Winfield Bevins

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PODCAST EPISODES

The C4SO Podcast: Bishop Todd Hunter's Story

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The C4SO Podcast: C4SO's Mission Today

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The C4SO Podcast: C4SO Values Series

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The C4SO Podcast: Gifts of Anglicanism Series

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OTHER RESOURCES

The Book of Common Prayer (2019)

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Resources

FAQ

  • What led us to consider joining C4SO as a church? Why not stay independent?
    One of the things most troubling about the American church is the lack of accountability of churches and their leaders. The last two decades of scandals surrounding the issues of abuse of power by church leaders have shown the devastating cost of this independence. At Horizon, our desire is that our church and our staff be connected to trustworthy people and structures that would protect our church and help us flourish as a church community. We have searched for over ten years for such a place for us to land and C4SO is the first place that seems to be what we want and need. Our pastor has had a relationship with Todd Hunter, the current Bishop of C4SO for over thirty years. He has been a wise, generous, and trustworthy mentor to Brad and a counselor to our church for the last 25 years. As well, our whole pastoral staff has already been deeply resourced by C4SO over the last decade. For these reasons, a natural affinity already exists between our church and C4SO. While no denomination or diocese is perfect, we sense real health in the leadership of C4SO and see a real opportunity in linking arms with them.
  • What are the benefits of joining C4SO?
    Besides appropriate oversight and accountability, we would now be able to further tap into the many resources a denomination can bring. These resources include: Access to resources for small groups, men’s, women’s, children and youth ministries. Access to HR training for our staff and volunteers Access to conferences, retreats, and podcasts. Access to health insurance Help with hiring future staff. A pathway for pastoral ordination would now exist. (As an independent church, we do not currently have a way for our pastoral staff to pursue ordination). Friendship and camaraderie for our pastoral staff Wisdom and counsel for difficult cultural issues that confront the church today Participation in a greater national and global mission of the church. (As part of this diocese we would contribute 5% of our budget to the diocese and its missional commitments)
  • Would a person need to become Anglican if Horizon joins C4SO?
    The beauty of our church community is that many of our people come from different denominational backgrounds. This diversity provides a richness to our worship. For this reason, it is our conviction that people who currently worship at Horizon could continue to be a vibrant part of our church community and serve in any capacity, without the need to become Anglican. But because confirmation can be an important part of a person’s spiritual journey, Horizon would happily confirm those who felt drawn to more closely align to the Anglican tradition.
  • Would this change our position on women in ministry?
    Horizon’s position on women in leadership mirrors that of C4SO and so would not need to change. Here are two links to the position of the diocese. Posture Regarding Women in Leadership Bishop Todd Hunter's Statement on the Ordination of Women
  • If we join C4SO, would our worship service change at all?
    For those who have been here for more than fifteen years, you have seen how the Anglican Tradition has deeply impacted the structure of our Sunday morning worship. As such, we would not expect any significant change to our worship, though we would continue to use any resources from the Anglican tradition, as well all other parts of the whole body of Christ, that we think would help us worship God more fully.
  • How would joining C4SO change the way Horizon is run?
    There would be little to no change. Our church governance would largely remain the same, with only a few minor changes to our bylaws. Our church board would remain in place (though now it would be named as a vestry) and would have the same function. Joining C4SO would not affect the ownership of our building or land, as Horizon would maintain all rights to its property and resources. The Bishop would take on the responsibility to resource the church were we to need to find a new senior pastor.
  • Would Horizon’s statement of faith or core beliefs change?
    Our current pastor is ordained as a priest with the ACNA/C4SO. Thus, our core theological commitments would not change at all. The reason we feel C4SO could be a good home for Horizon is its commitment to historic creedal Christian orthodoxy and orthopraxy.
  • Would we practice the sacraments differently?
    The Eucharist - Our practice of the Eucharist (or the Lord’s Supper) would not change, as we have already adopted a sacramental approach to our practice of Communion over the last fifteen years. Baptism – Both believer (or adult) baptism and paedo (or infant) baptism are found in scripture and practiced throughout church history. Both forms of baptism have deep theological roots and have helped Christians live out of their baptismal identity. Historically, Horizon has dedicated our children and practiced believer baptism when people have made a decision for Christ. As other churches do, Horizon would now offer both forms of baptism for its members based on the theological conviction of the persons or families choosing to be baptized.
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