Nathan Ward is an Anglican Priest who has spent the last 15yrs working in various community and custodial settings. He is passionate about mission and has undertaken several studies on Church growth. He has founded two charities and continues to work and speak on issues of social justice. He is married with two children and is a magician in his spare time — using the creative arts to tell people about Jesus.
Priests are called to be servants and shepherds among the people to whom they are sent and heralds of Christ's kingdom. With their Bishop and fellow ministers, they are to proclaim the word of the Lord and to watch for the signs of God's new creation. They are to work with their fellow members in searching out the poor and weak, the sick and lonely and those who are oppressed and powerless, reaching into the forgotten corners of the world, that the love of God may be made visible.
With all God's people, they are to tell the story of God's love. They are to baptize new disciples and walk with them in the way of Christ, nurturing them in the faith. They are to unfold the Scriptures, to preach the word and to declare the mighty acts of God. They are to preside at the Lord's table and lead his people in worship, praise and thanksgiving. They are to bless the people in God's name. They are to resist evil, support the weak, defend the poor, and intercede for all in need. They are to minister to the sick and prepare the dying for their death. Guided by the Spirit, they are to discern and foster the gifts of all God's people, that the whole Church may be built up in unity and faith.