Your Connection to the Global Church
ARDF’s Global Trustees and observers at the 2018 Global Council Meeting in Cairo
We get it. The Anglican church can be complicated. Archbishops, Bishops, Canons. There is a lot of jargon.
What does all of this mean? Because of the structure of the Anglican church, it means we are a part of more than just our local churches. The great news is that through your connection to your local church you have connections all over the world. The work you see done through your local church is mirrored in churches all over the globe. Pastors and lay leaders are working to solve the greatest needs of their communities.
With your help, we bring these committed Christians to the work of relief and development. Your connection with the Anglican Church worldwide means there are deep, trusted relationships, with partners in and of the communities they are serving.
ARDF does not send outside “experts” to implement ARDF projects. However, we have outside oversight, through our global leaders. These leaders represent the area of the world where ARDF is active. They bring an important perspective to the work of ARDF, ensuring that the projects taken on are ones that are desired and directed by those in the developing world.
From the start, ARDF consciously adopted an organizational model intended to reverse Anglicanism’s colonial legacy and restore international relationships based on mutual respect and a shared faith in Jesus Christ. ARDF’s Global Council, a Board of Archbishops representing orthodox Anglican Provinces in the developing world, leads ARDF, determining priorities, approving each project, and keeping the organization firmly linked to the Church.
These leaders will gather after the ACNA Provincial Assembly in June. We are excited to hear the reports of how God is moving in each of their provinces and to determine the best partnerships moving forward. Through them, thousands of lives will be transformed.
If you are coming to Assembly in June, let us know. We’d love to meet you and share how this unique model has the ability to change the world, one small local church at a time.