Epiclesis is proud to have launched the Ancient-Future Faith Network, an association that sprang up from the grassroots– from genuine need– and from the hearts of many whose passion unites them in a common vision. It also started when many of those same individuals, in early 2010, sensed that the Spirit was especially at work in the renewing of the church and her worship.
As Epiclesis began its ministry, our leadership became increasingly aware that the Spirit was stirring in similar ways in the lives of men and women, both in and outside of established church settings, across the United States, and from other parts of the world.
We began hearing from like-minded people every week— sometimes daily— who hungered for depth in worship, for a spirituality that would link them with countless generations of believers before them, and who desired to walk out their baptisms in a community that would call them to live an authentic faith. A vision began to emerge, especially in the heart of Pastor Chris and a small team of Epiclesis elders, to consider prayerfully whether the Spirit might want to build a kind of network to connect like-minded people.
And that’s how the AFFN was born. It’s purpose is to foster the worship of God; to build and promote a network and association of like-minded individuals and churches; to organize and provide Ancient-Future resources and training; to particularly promote the 2006 “Call to an Ancient-Evangelical Future” championed by Robert E. Webber; and more generally to promote and encourage the knowledge and practice of Ancient-Future theology, worship, spirituality, and ecclesiology.
Would you like to learn more?
Take some time to visit “The Chapel,” hosted here on the Epiclesis website, is an online place of quiet and contemplation where you’ll find daily Scripture, words from the Church Fathers, and sacred art. You can also read “The Call to an Ancient-Evangelical Future,” referenced above, or learn more about the Church Fathers here. And if you have additional questions, please let us know.