In March 2010, Growing the Church, a church growth institute within the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) gathered together various organisations within ACSA — SOMA, New Wine, Iviyo, Soul Survivor, Provincial Youth — to seek the Lord, asking this question: “What does God want us to do together that we cannot do on our own?”
In prayer, they received pictures of renewal and revival and out of those images the name ‘Anglicans Ablaze’ was born. Then in 2011 at KwaMashu, 80 leaders gathered to discern the way forward.
In 2012, the first International Anglicans Ablaze Conference was held, and it was a huge success! More than 1400 people attended and returned home renewed and refreshed, inspired to grow in their faith and to reach out to others in Christ’s love. Months later, people continued to talk about their experience at the 2012 conference. This is what our own Archbishop has to say:
“When I reflect on our Anglicans Ablaze Conference, I feel my heart lifting within me at the generosity of God’s love and grace to us during those few days. Whatever our church background, we all found ourselves moved by God’s loving, tender touch and compelled to go forward in confidence, embracing the vision he has set before us. “
–Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Cape Town
The second International Anglicans Ablaze Conference took place in Johannesburg in July 2014; the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, was our featured speaker. In October 2016, the third International Anglicans Ablaze took place in Cape Town, and the fourth one from 3-6 October 2018 in Durban, with well over 2000 people attending.
The result is that several dioceses have hosted their own Anglicans Ablaze, and the fire continues to spread. We are making provision for 2500 people to attend the 2020 event. We covet your prayers.
Anglicans Ablaze is a movement. If any diocese or province desires to hold its own Anglicans Ablaze conference, please contact Growing the Church for assistance.