Teresa Yanaros Joins St. Timothy Anglican Church as Director of Strategic Growth
ST. TIMOTHY ANGLICAN
August 30, 2022
St. Timothy Anglican Church Embraces a New Vision
On August 30, 2022, St Timothy Anglican Church announced that Teresa Yanaros, a brand strategist with a passion for sharing Christ, has joined the leadership team as the Director of Strategic Growth.
Teresa has a background in journalism, technical communication, multi-media, and brand strategy. She is passionate about bringing the light of Christ into difficult-to-navigate cultural situations so that souls may be reached with the Gospel. Since she joined the team yesterday, we are now celebrating our brand new website that she built, which St. Timothy Anglican Church launched today.
Canon Lee Stafki, our new vicar, and Teresa have spent the last couple of weeks developing a brand new strategic plan for the future of St. Timothy Anglican Church. Given their combined background in business management, strategic planning, marketing, and building communities, and through a whole lot of prayer and guidance of the Holy Spirit, a plan began to take form. In conjunction with the Diocese of Fort Worth under Bishop Ryan Reed and the St. Timothy's Bishop's committee, we have aligned and are in the process of executing the new strategic plan.
Let's take a moment to look at the new direction we're headed toward.
What is the New Mission?
Our mission is to create well-formed evangelists of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Mission of St Timothy Anglican Church
Creating well-formed disciples of Christ is critical, but especially in today's world. We are dealing with unique challenges that must be considered and approached with care. Where there is uncertainty and misinformation, it is imperative to meet the always shifting sands of culture with the truth of Jesus Christ. In order for Christians to become effective ministers of the Gospel, they must first be formed in a way that empowers them to answer difficult questions and navigate complex cultural situations.
Here at St. Timothy's, we do not shy away from the complexities of culture. We are dedicated to standing in the gap and equipping the next generation to be able to stand firm against the attacks of the enemy and to stand confidently in the light of Christ.
"Once a follower of Christ is well-formed, they can answer whatever call the Lord has placed upon them, to lead others to the Kingdom of God. We empower our brothers and sisters to do just that."
- Teresa Yanaros
In addition to a new mission statement, we have a new vision and also have drilled down into what sets us apart from other church missions.
What is the New Vision?
Our vision is to make Jesus relevant in today's world.
The Vision of St Timothy Anglican Church
In a world where many are refusing to walk in faith, we must fight to reach hearts and minds with the Gospel. Jesus is needed, but unfortunately, many think he isn't relevant. In short, many people are missing the point. And in effect, missing out on eternal salvation.
Those who refuse to love the truth and so be saved are lost to the darkness. We envision a world where we can equip the community of believers so they can lean into the opportunities to minister to the people around them. We want to inspire our family so they can turn around and inspire and stir up others by the power of the Holy Spirit.
"In America today, more people than ever consider themselves "spiritual but not religious" and are not entering the churches. We intend to create a safe space for the unchurched, the de-churched, and those seeking to ground into their faith in a deep way. We are called to point to Christ and glorify him in all we do. Jesus is desperately needed in the world today, and it's our mission at St. Timothy's to help bring light to a fallen world in dire need of the salvation that comes only through Jesus Christ. We hope to make Jesus relevant in today's world."
- Teresa Yanaros
Strong Leadership is Key.
We feel very blessed to have a bishop and diocesan leadership with a strong awareness of the dire need to speak into areas of the culture that need reconciliation to Christ and the truth of God's word. Our new vicar, Canon Lee, is intensely passionate about spiritual formation and equipping our brothers and sisters in Christ to be able to provide an effective and theologically sound response for their faith. We are excited for the opportunities in store to lead others to the Gospel under his guidance and leadership.
Bishop Reed took a moment to reflect upon this urgency as he announced Canon Lee moving over to the vicar role at our mission.
"Change will not happen unless we are dissatisfied with the status quo, are given a vision of an alternative future with concrete steps to move into that future along with courageous leadership in the context of community (the Church). All of these things have to be greater than our own resistance to change or the existing inertia against change which we share. I pray that the Holy Spirit leads St. Timothy’s into a thriving and prosperous future not for earthly success, but for Kingdom growth and the transformation of lives."
- Bishop Ryan Reed
What Makes us Different?
We intend to reach the locals who are unchurched. How? Through disruptive evangelism.
What do we mean by "disruptive?" Disruptive, to us, means boldly declaring Christ in a hostile world, in a way that is accessible and makes sense.
"Our value proposition is reaching the local unchurched through disruptive evangelism."
- Canon Lee Stafki
Reaching the Next Generation
Teresa Yanaros is particularly passionate about reaching the next generation to build up the Kingdom of God. She has online ministries that serve the churched and unchurched across the world, who seek to leave behind worldly influences and fully anchor their souls to Christ.
Through her online ministries, Teresa:
hosts a YouTube podcast.
runs a blog called Spirit Sanctified that educates Christians on spiritual warfare.
leads an academy that helps people turn away from new age and occult influences, dismantle strongholds through the renewal of the mind, and learn how to walk with Christ through sacramental worship and intentional spiritual formation.
As the Director of Strategic Growth at St. Timothy Anglican Church, Teresa plans to:
support discipleship efforts through education,
help well-formed disciples discover their God-given gifts,
create opportunities for others to leverage their gifts to answer whatever call the Lord has on their lives.
She sees this role as an avenue to lead an effort to help locals grow in their faith so they can turn around and spiritually multiply and grow the Kingdom of God.
Please join us in welcoming Teresa to the leadership team!
About St. Timothy Anglican Church Fort Worth
“And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”
St. Timothy Anglican Church in Fort Worth, TX is a community passionate about community outreach and growing disciples of Jesus Christ. Since 1955, the parish community has advocated for and served the people of Fort Worth and surrounding areas.
Our mission is to create well-formed evangelists of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Join us on Sundays for worship at 10 AM at 4301 Meadowbrook Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76103.