Andrew Stephens-Rennie


  • Andrew Stephens-Rennie

    Canon Andrew Stephens-Rennie is the Director of Missional Renewal for the Diocese of Kootenay


Telling Our Stories

Over the last few months I’ve found myself visiting a variety of parishes across the diocese. As part of the rollout of the “Thriving Communities” process, I’ve

Support and Encouragement

In the early 2000s, all across North America, a new conversation about church was brewing. Younger people from a variety of denominational streams were waking

Implementing Thriving Communities

Over the past number of months I have been quietly working with regions and congregations to roll out the new Thriving Communities process our diocese

Practicing Resurrection

Throughout the season of Epiphany, seventy-five people from across the Diocese of Kootenay (and several more from beyond!) joined together to study “When Church Stops

Realizing our Values, Vision, & Mission

It’s been three months since I started working full-time as the Director of Missional Renewal in our diocese. The first month or so focused on

Waiting Patiently for the Lord

In my early twenties, I was hired as an outreach worker for an inner-city congregation that had decided, after years of disengagement with the neighbourhood,

Wholehearted Worship…

Wholehearted Worship Daring Discipleship Right Relationship Thriving Communities In May of this year, at the Diocesan Synod, the people of this diocese adopted a plan

Signposts of God’s Presence

When you tell the story of God’s faithfulness in your life, where do you start? Do you start with the stories of your ancestors or

Sharing Our Stories

I walked into a small Sunday schoolroom one afternoon, just before the evening service. Rather than shelves filled with ‘Godly Play’ figurines and parable boxes,

On Eagle’s Wings

Each year, as the summer approaches, I find myself slowing down. After a year full of joys and sorrows, of ups and downs, of pastoral

Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday is my favourite observance of the Christian year. It is my favourite, and it is so often overlooked. After Good Friday is said

Looking Death in the Face

A couple of weeks before Christmas, I stopped by an acquaintance’s house to drop off a gift. Before I reached the steps, the door was

A Provocative Question

A few years ago, I read a book about the early years of “Eucharist Church,” a congregation planted by the book’s author, Kevin Makins, and

Taking a Risk

When the Magi set out, did they know what they were getting themselves into? Did they know how long the journey would take, or where

What Are We Waiting For?

“What are we waiting for?” That’s the question with which my friend, the Rev. Andrew Wilhelm-Boyles began his last advent sermon at St. Brigid’s, a

Framing the Future

In September, I travelled to Montreal to facilitate a Clergy Conference focused on adaptive leadership. Throughout COVID, the church in many quarters has prided itself

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