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Street Evangelist Tony Miano announced he’s leaving Faith Community Church and will be attending Grace Community Church.
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Thanks to those who have sent me updates on Tony Miano, I have a bit of information to pass along. One thing Miano is very clear about is the importance of having church backing for his ministry work. I’ve read and heard him discuss about open air preachers who do not belong to a home church and have no accountability for their ministry efforts. That makes sense.
Along those lines, we have new news from Mr. Miano with regard to his church backing his ministry efforts. He released an announcement detailing his move from Faith Community Church to his new church, John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church. Miano discussed below how he went to his elders after they would not “lay hands” or commission him to serve as an evangelist.
I benefited greatly from this process with my elders. I learned how seriously, thoughtfully, and prayerfully my elders make important decisions. . . . The elders were also very helpful by pointing out areas in my life and ministry that needed maturing. They were always quick to encourage, quick to listen, and were never afraid to offer their collective and individual wisdom, discernment and, when warranted, correction.
The process drew to a close in December of 2013. In the end, my elders affirmed what they believe is God’s call on my life to serve Him as an evangelist. At the same time, they found aspects of my evangelistic gifting and ministry (namely, open-air preaching) philosophically incompatible with the evangelistic direction the elders have set forth for the Faith Community Church family. That being the case, the elders determined they could not lay hands on me and commission me to serve Faith Community Church as an evangelist. (Source)
This begs the question: WHY? What exactly about open air preaching did Faith Community Church find incompatible? Could it be the very things that we have been noting all along here? Ya think?
So, apparently, he has new digs this Sunday at Grace Community and has already met with pastors at Grace Community. I think it’s important to note that he has had long-established relationships with people from Grace Community. Phil Johnson is John MacArthur’s right-hand man and is frequently tagged in Miano’s tweets.
Not only that, a name we’re familiar with here, Fred Butler, is also friends with Miano as we can easily see on Twitter. Now they can tag each other AND rub shoulders on Sunday mornings.
As my family and I seek membership at Grace Community Church, I will also seek to bring myself and my ministry as an evangelist/open-air preacher under the authority and accountability of my pastors/elders. How long this will take, what processes will be involved, and exactly what all of this will look like will be determined by the elders of Grace Community Church. (Source)
Miano’s family was only at Faith Community Church a little over two years, so we’ll see how long this lasts. He’s already got a great Grace Community Twitter support network, and he’s been a Masters Seminary and Shepherd’s Conference fan for quite some time, so GCC might just be a perfect fit.
So, we sit back and watch.
As I was in the process of putting this article together, a reader informed me she had done a post on her blog, so I decided to cut this one short. You can get even more info on how Miano’s asking for $1,600 in donation money and see how he spends his time on Twitter bantering back and forth with unbelievers in his typical “loving” fashion. Today was quite a doozy. Take a look: Would You Call This Evangelism?