With good news about growth and renewed program initiatives, the Brotherhood of St. Andrew gathered for its 30th Triennial Convention in Louisville, Kentucky and with over 100 virtual participant sites churchwide.
Emerging from the pandemic, the Brotherhood reaffirmed its commitments to a churchwide mission focus on Restorative Justice, Racial Reconciliation, Discipleship and Mentoring, Social Justice, Veterans Ministry, Youth and Scouting, and Recovery. A substantial portion of the meeting included workshop experiences designed to help participants further engage in these mission focus initiatives in their own parish and community.
Outgoing Brotherhood of St. Andrew President Jeff Butcher, who was honored as President Emeritus at the Triennial, said, “The Brotherhood of St. Andrew has worked very intentionally during the pandemic to hold its Chapters together across the church through a strategic use of technology that focused on prayer and community building, as well as continued progress on our programs of mission. This has jump started new growth and involvement in our men’s ministries and for that we are encouraged and grateful. We are strongly positioned for the future.”
Conrad Jones, a certified group facilitator from Province IV in North Carolina with a strong track record of grassroots organizational development in men’s ministries, was elected President for a three-year term.
Jones said, “God is truly in our midst and will be watching over us as we continue to spread our Brotherhood message of LOVE for others, all others. It is not our role to try to fix people, change people, or judge people… it’s our job to LOVE them. The rest is in God’s hands. Our voices of encouragement, mentoring, inclusion, and discipleship will increasingly be heard across the church. The singular message we will continue to send is to come walk with us and draw closer to Christ. Be thankful for the many blessings we all have, be mindful of those who are out there waiting for us to touch their lives by bringing them closer to Christ, and be enthusiastic and passionate about prayer, study, and service, our three foundations of Brotherhood ministry.”
During Triennial, the Brotherhood of St. Andrew also:
- Received an encouraging address from The Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, and a Life Member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew since his days as rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Baltimore.
- Also bringing special greetings was the Rev. Kim Coleman, National President to the Union of Black Episcopalians.
- Elected The Right Reverend Carl Walter Wright, Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries of The Episcopal Church, as National Chaplain. Bishop Wright was in Louisville throughout the convention.
- Shared in worship experiences at the Brotherhood national offices and at historic Calvary Episcopal Church in Louisville, with worship leadership including Brotherhood Life Member The Right Reverend Eugene Sutton, Diocese of Maryland and Brotherhood Bishop Adviser for Racial Reconciliation, and The Right Reverend Terry White, Bishop of the Diocese of Kentucky.
- Elected churchwide members of the Brotherhood executive teams and honored those who were completing their time of service.
- Named Presidential Award recipients from throughout the church for Brotherhood of St. Andrew leaders who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to men’s ministry in their own community.
For a complete list of those elected and award recipients go to www.brothersandrew.net