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About Church Army USA

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Vision
Greg Miller, National Director
Greg Miller, National Director with his wife, Lori

I had never heard of Church Army before December 2013.  I had been a priest in the Reformed Episcopal Church for 23 years and one thing I lamented during that time is that nearly 100% of our church growth came, not from conversions, but from Christians transferring from one church to another.  Even though our parish might have seen growth, the kingdom of heaven did not.

For that reason the Church Army ministry excited me the minute I heard about it.  Here was a ministry that was reaching lost souls and bringing them into the kingdom.  That is what we as Christians ought to be about.

Since taking on the role as National Director I am excited to see how the Lord will use us in the future.  We are in the process of becoming an Affiliated Ministry of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).  We have also petitioned to be a member of the Anglican Global Missions Partners (AGMP).  

Our goal is to help train churches throughout the country how to reach the least, the last, and the lost with the gospel of Christ by offering classes and "boots on the ground" mission experience.  Won't you join us?  Please contact me.

History

In the early years, the Church Army visited prisons and slums in horse-drawn mission caravans
The Church Army was founded in England in 1882 by the Rev. Wilson Carlile, who banded together an orderly army of soldiers, officers and a few working men and women, whom he and others trained to act as Church of England evangelists among the outcasts and criminals of the Westminster slums. As a curate in the parish of St Mary Abbott, Kensington, Carlile had experimented with unorthodox forms of Christian meetings and witness, going to where coachmen, valets and others would take their evening stroll and holding open air services, persuading onlookers to say the Scripture readings, and training working people to preach. Previous experience had convinced Carlile that the moral condition of the lowest classes of the people called for new and aggressive action on the part of the Christian Church and that this work was most effectively done by lay people of the same class as those whom it was desired to reach.
 
As the work grew, a training institution for evangelists was started in Oxford with F S Webster as Principal, but soon moved (1886) to London, where, in Bryanston Street near Marble Arch, the headquarters of the army was established. Marie Carlile, Wilson Carlile's sister, was a frail woman who left a life of elegance for the tough, austere life of training women in 1888, followed by the first "Rescue Shelter" for women in 1891, and continued in the mission for fifty years. Today, Church Army USA is a society of trained and commissioned evangelists in the Anglican Church. Their aim and purpose is winning persons to Christ, by providing the Church with trained, disciplined and socially concerned evangelists who shall: reach the least, the last, and the lost; equip others to "do the work of an evangelist" and further evangelize by ministering where others cannot. Church Army is at work in Pennsylvania, Missouri, New Mexico, Florida, Connecticut, and Maryland to bring the help of Christ and the comfort of the gospel.
 

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