The Rev. Taylor Bodoh

User Profile
Name
The Rev. Taylor Bodoh
Church Info
Home Church Address
Incarnation Tallahassee
629 W. Brevard St.
Talllahassee, FL 32301
United States
Church Website URL
Organization
Organization Name
Incarnation Tallahassee
Type of Organization
Church Ministry
Your Position/Title within your Organization
Vicar
Organization Address
629 W. Brevard St.
Tallahassee, FL 32304
United States
Organization Phone Number
Organization URL
Work of Ministry
At-risk Women and Children Care (Crisis Pregnancy)
Creation Care
Education
Homelessness
Hunger/Food Justice
Post Incarceration Care
Racial Reconciliation
Substance Abuse/Addiction
Youth Development/At-risk Youth
Organization Email
incarnationtallahasee@gmail.com
Description of Organization
A downtown Anglican church plant that is situated in the midst of a poor neighborhood, and nearby two college campuses. We launched in Easter 2015.
Organization Years In Operation
1
Does your ministry offer internships?
Yes, post-graduate internship(s).
Strengths of Organization
Jesus centered, intimate community, grassroots mission, strong Bible teaching, ethnically diverse, deep worship and prayer, Anglican roots, love for the lost and least, lots of mature young leaders.
Background
Would you consider your role part time or full time within justice and mercy ministry?
Part Time
How many years have you been in ministry among the vulnurable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
11.00
What training did you receive that equipped you for justice and mercy ministries?
Some discipleship through InterVarsity as a student and staff, both locally and internationally; but I've mostly learned what I know (which is admittedly not much!) through hands-on ministry and proximity.
What are your primary concerns for the ministry?
People knowing the love of God through the face of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, and living out this relationship together in a diverse and missional community.
What feels like the most difficult aspect of your life in ministry?
Strife and anxiety stemming from my own sin.
What gives you the greatest joy?
Deep encounters with God, alone, corporately, and among those who are meeting Him for the first time. And learning together from the example of Jesus, and by the power of the Spirit, to live lives of intimacy and impact. Also, to envision, equip, and commission the saints for the work of ministry - even risky and radical ministry. Seeing how the parts of the body fit together, and enjoying Christ among one another "through the features of men's faces."
What spiritual disciplines help sustain you in your rhythms of life among the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
prayer, scripture, worship, fasting, corporate intercession for the mission, prayer walking around the neighborhood, evangelism, intentional cross-cultural and cross-ethnic relationships, sacrificial giving, hospitality, visibility in the neighborhood
What would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to know about your ministry?
By God's grace, I want people who encounter our church to get a foretaste of Kingdom life together, and thereby become more convinced that living a sacrificial life for God in community is possible and is the most desirable way of life. We are beginning to plant grassroots missions around our city, and we are praying for the Incarnation Network to expand to new cities.
How would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to grow in regards to justice and mercy issues?
See above and below.
What are your favorite books related to justice and mercy issues?
The Bible, "Beyond Racial Gridlock," by George Yancey, "Freedom of Simplicity," by Richard Foster, "Christian Mission in the Modern World," by John Stott, "The Journal of John Woolman," by John Woolman, "Evil and the Justice of God," by N.T. Wright
What are your favorite movies related to justice and mercy issues?
The Help, The Flowers of St. Francis, Sometimes in April, Ghandi, The Great Debators, Juno, About Schmidt
What are your favorite websites/organizations related to justice and mercy issues?
http://www.compassion.com http://www.creatingjobs.org http://www.tampaunderground.com
What do you wish people knew about justice ministry in general or specific arenas of justice work?
The importance of leaders modeling Kingdom values in their own lives, and training the saints to live by them. That there is no tension between the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. That it is kingdom work to feed people, mentor, and provide services; nevertheless, it remains true that the greatest thing we have to offer all people is Jesus Christ.
What would you like to see happen in ACNA in regards to work of justice and mercy?
1) Training in multiethnic ministry and raising up diverse leaders (InterVarsity could be a great resource). 2) Create leadership pipelines, support teams, and mission grants for minority clergy. 3) To imagine new opportunities for lay people to be meaningfully involved in ministries of compassion and evangelism (e.g. Young singles living in semi-monastic houses among the poor, urban farming initiatives, women's pregnancy centers, etc) 4) While I am proud to be an Anglican minister, and love the great tradition, the name "Anglican" has actually been a stumbling block for some of our ministry amongst ethnic minorities. Consider a denominational name change from the ethnic specific Anglican (i.e. "Anglo") to something more descriptive (i.e. sacramental, episcopal, etc). 5) For Anglican clergy across the board to embrace a more sacrificial call to simplicity in our finances and lifestyle. This might include things like capping our incomes, sharing, and giving more generously toward church planting and Gospel work among the lost and least. The we use our money is a great indicator of what we truly value, and the world is indeed watching. Currently, we have a built-in bias to target upper middle class neighborhoods because that is our only chance at becoming financially self-sustaining. How will we plant churches among the poor and ethnic minorities with our current salary scales and lack of sharing between churches?
Tell us a bit about your story and your heart for justice and mercy.
My name is Taylor Bodoh and I am the Vicar of Incarnation Tallahassee, a missional and multi-ethnic Anglican church plant in downtown Tallahassee. Our pastoral team at Incarnation also includes the Rev. Chris Jones, an African American man from Brooklyn, and the Rev. Jon Hall, an Englishman from London. I have been married for 11 years to my wife and ministry partner Karissa, and we have two lively daughters named Avila (9) and Norah (7). Together we have a special passion for raising up leaders in the body of Christ, cultivating multiethnic community, and for calling artists and skeptics to give Jesus a fresh hearing. I have also worked as a campus minister for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for 11 years; most recently as a coach and trainer of new staff. For eight years my family has been living in a poor neighborhood in Tallahassee, where our church is now also located. During my years as a campus minister, we sought to grow an ethnically diverse ministry between students from Florida State and Florida A&M (the largest historically black university in the country). In addition to this overall multiethnic vision, we raised up many minority leaders and planted ethnic-specific ministries to black and Latino students. We placed special focus on "the lost and the least," with various ministries that focused on prison inmates, pregnant homeless women, internationals, food distribution, etc. By God's grace, and not without some ebb and flow, God grew up a vibrant multiethnic community which, years later, formed the core for our current church plant. We desire for Incarnation to be not only a church, but also a mission-network and movement that spawns new leaders, churches, and creative mission.