In October of 2016, Bishop Lawrence called me to ask if St. Michael’s Church would consider adopting the existing church plant in North Charleston (Church of the Resurrection). It was an exciting request! Since that time, an organic partnership between St. Michael’s Church and Church of the Resurrection has developed, including joint meetings both with our wardens and Vestry. That partnership led the Rev. Mark Avera to be called to fill the vacancy left by the recent departure of the Rev. Matt McCormick from his position as Vicar of Resurrection. Mark will serve there as Vicar while also working 10-15 hours each week at St. Michael’s in a missional capacity. The hope is that Mark can help us at St. Michael’s exercise our faith, and practice missional engagement by multiplying our signature ministries such as Alpha and Healing Prayer, carrying them out to North Charleston to both evangelize the area and equip Resurrection. So Mark will remain a part of our life, including keeping his office at St. Michael’s, but he will also be taking the lead in pursuing a missional opportunity in the Holy City that the bishop has set before us.
The transition start date is set for Ash Wednesday, March 1.
You may have seen the recent e-blast from the Diocese of South Carolina mentioning a new position at St. Michael’s for a Senior Associate Rector. We regret that you didn’t learn of this new position or Mark’s missional call directly first from us. We had planned to announce this exciting opportunity for Mark and St. Michael’s this past Sunday, but Confirmations, Life Group sign-up, visitation by the Archbishop of Rwanda, Emmanuel Kolini, and the departure of the Rev. Rich Giersch felt like it was too much.
This partnership with Resurrection involves not just the Avera’s but all of us. How can we all export the ministries we’ve been blessed with at St. Michael’s? Stay tuned for ways you can be involved.
Blessings in Christ,