Friday, October 26, 2007

Web sites of Note

Loren Mead, one of the founders of the Academy of Parish Clergy, sends along two web sites that would be of special interest to clergy:
  • This site is self-described as: "An effort of the Alban Institute in consultation with the Indianapolis Center for Congregations and other specialists, the Congregational Resource Guide (CRG) exists to help congregational leaders connect with resources that will enable them to face challenges and foster vitality in their communities of faith."

  • The site is described as: " This web site seeks to assist leaders and participants in Christian communities, scholars and other interested publics in better understanding the impact, trends and trajectories of Christianity in American society. By providing both information and reflection on selected projects funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc., it offers a unique vantage point for discerning the character and contributions of this tradition within American religion and culture."
Enjoy these two sites, which are full of interesting and useful information for churches.

Consecration of David Epps


Father David Epps, FAPC, Pastor of Christ the King Church, will be consecrated as a Bishop in the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church (ICCEC) on Friday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. The service will be conducted in the sanctuary of Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, Highway 54, Peachtree City, GA.

Epps, 56, was elected at the House of Bishops in Orlando during October to serve the Mid-South Diocese which includes Georgia and Tennessee. The election was made necessary when, in June 2007, the Diocesan Bishop, The Most Reverend John W. Holloway, 53, suffered a debilitating stroke. Epps will serve as Auxiliary Bishop with Bishop Holloway remaining the Diocesan.

The consecrators for the service will be The Most Reverend Charles Jones, Archbishop of the Southeast Province, The Most Reverend David Simpson, Bishop of Florida, and The Most Reverend Gene Lilly, Auxiliary Bishop of the Southeast Province.

Epps, who first began ministry as a Youth Worker in 1971, was licensed to preach by the United Methodist Church in 1975 and was later ordained in the Assemblies of God (A/G) in 1978. In 1996, he was ordained a priest in the ICCEC.

Prior to 1983, Epps served United Methodist and A/G churches in Tennessee, Virginia, and Colorado. In June 1983, he became the pastor of Fayette Fellowship Assembly of God, Peachtree City, GA, which later relocated to Sharpsburg and was renamed Trinity Fellowship. In September 1996, Epps and 18 other people planted Christ the King Church which met for six years at Carmichael-Hemperly Funeral Home in Peachtree City.

In November 2002, the church relocated to its present location on 12 acres in Coweta County. The church currently has approximately 250 people who claim their church as their home. In addition, Christ the King has assisted in the planting of other congregations in Hogansville, GA, Fayetteville, GA, and Champaign, IL.

Epps is a graduate of Berean College of the Assemblies of God, East Tennessee State University, the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, International Seminary, and Berean Graduate School of Divinity, an institution founded by Carrie Nation. He is a current Doctor of Ministry candidate at Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry. Epps, a karate black belt and former instructor, also received an honorary doctorate for his work with youth and martial arts ministry from Great Plains Baptist College and Seminary. For 18 years, he has served as the chaplain for the Peachtree City Police Department and is a graduate of the police academy in Fulton County.

Within the ICCEC, Epps has served as Canon to the Ordinary for the Mid-South Diocese, Canon to the Ordinary for the Archdiocese of the Armed Forces, Chair of the Diocesan Commission on Ordained Ministry, as a member of the Mid-South Diocese Bishop’s Council, and as a member of the Provincial Council for the Southeast Province.

A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Epps also served with the Tennessee Army National Guard and served as a Chaplain (with the rank of captain) for the Georgia State Defense Force, an auxiliary of the Georgia Army National Guard.

He is married to the former Cynthia Douglas, a professor of Nursing at the University of West Georgia. The Epps’ have three adult sons and nine grandchildren. The consecration service, which will be followed by a reception, is open to the public.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Web site of note -- Teens and Technology

Kim Shimer, marketing director, for Judson Press, sends along this recommendation -- the web site -- Teens and Technology. This site is dedicated to understanding teens and the technologies they love so much. As a parent of a teen myself, I understand the phenomenon.

This site is owned by Peggy Kendall, author of two books on the subject of teens and tech -- one for parents and the other for those in youth ministry. Check it out.