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THE FALLS CHURCH ANGLICAN That Christ Be King in Our Lives and in the Lives of Others

November/December 2015

Message from The Rector We have completed our move to the Arlington Boulevard building and we have begun to make use of this wonderful space. These things always take longer and are more complicated than we expect, but all the effort is worth it. This building will become a center of much ministry, fellowship, and teaching. It will be a center, we trust, of hope and healing for many, many people. Developing the rest of our site, with parking garage, church sanctuary, green space, and all the rest, will also take time. Getting county approval may be a drawnout process. Finalizing a financial plan will be challenge. As in any such undertaking, this Continued is a joint effort on page 2 involving all of us, and, equally, the Holy Spirit. Like the little boy with his few loaves and fishes, we will offer to God what we have for this effort and then ask Him to provide what is lacking. Just as we must honestly give our all to Him, He will provide what we need and perhaps in unexpected ways. Even as we enter Advent now, our hearts look forward expectantly. In the family,

How Small Groups Can Reflect TFCA’s DNA: Planting, Multiplication, and Leadership Development by Dr. Suzanne Martinez, Small Groups Coordinator, with Taylor Barkley, Sarah McClanahan, and other Small Group Leaders

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NA, deoxyribonucleic acid, is the hereditary material in humans and almost all other organisms.”1 Just as our individual DNA makes each of us unique, so do the DNA and leadership culture of a church make it unique, clearly reflecting the purposes to which God has called it. The Falls Church Anglican has demonstrated commitment to planting, multiplication, and leadership development throughout its existence. From a plant in North Carolina to several plants in Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia, TFCA has multiplied new congregations, just as the Holy Spirit modeled through the Apostles’ work in the New Testament. The churches at Rome, Corinth, Ephesus, the church that met in Philemon’s home, and God’s elect—exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, to whom Peter wrote—were examples of churches planted by the Apostle Paul and others, and of God’s process of spiritual growth through multiplication by the Holy Spirit. TFCA’s Timothy, Fellows, and Nehemiah programs are examples of how TFCA intentionally develops future leaders to plant churches and impact culture.2 “An important property of DNA is that it can replicate, or make copies of itself.”3 Having worked with our small groups for several years, a vision of mine has been

The Rev. Dr. John W. Yates II Rector, The Falls Church Anglican

continued on page 5 1 http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/handbook/basics/dna; accessed September 6, 2015 2 http://tfcanglican.org/fellows; accessed September 6, 2015 3 http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/handbook/basics/dna; accessed September 6, 2015

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