GUIDE FOR PROSPECTIVE CLERGY

(Office of Ordinands 20190901)

GUIDE FOR
PROSPECTIVE CLERGY

 

Men may become clergy of the Continuing Anglican Church – Anglican continuum by one of two routes. In either case the Continuing Anglican Church – Anglican continuum will not incardinate nor ordain women as deacon or priest, but appropriately qualified women may become a member of the ancient historic order of Deaconess. Both men and women are warmly welcome to apply to become Lay Readers. the Continuing Anglican Church – Anglican continuum greatly values the contribution of women to lay ministry. the Continuing Anglican Church – Anglican continuum will not incardinate nor ordain any practicing homosexual into Holy Orders.

 

Incardination

 

Clergy of any other Anglican church in the Apostolic Succession may apply for Incardination into the Continuing Anglican Church – Anglican continuum. They will be required to complete the specified Application Form, provide certified-true copies of all their relevant academic and ordination credentials. They will be required to provide a statement of their current ministry and ministry history, and will be interviewed by the Director of Ordinands or by a bishop as may be decided.

 

There are a substantial number of “website churches” which offer ordination credentials upon payment of a fee. Whilst they may be legal, none of these certificates constitutes ordination in the Apostolic succession, and will not be accepted by the Continuing Anglican Church – Anglican continuum. The purported use of any such credentials by clergy of the Continuing Anglican Church – Anglican continuum is expressly forbidden as being likely to bring the Continuing Anglican Church – Anglican continuum into disrepute.

 

Ordination

 

Men seeking ordination to the Diaconate will be required to complete the specified credentials. They will be required to provide a statement of any current ministry or ministry history in the laity and will be interviewed by the Director of Ordinands or by a bishop as may be decided.

 

Age or disability is not a disqualifying factor in any case. There is no upper age limit for ordination. The call to Orders is the work of the Lord; the Continuing Anglican Church – Anglican continuum will not interfere with that by applying any non-spiritual considerations. Some of our clergies have serious health issues and yet carry out active and fulfilling ministries.

 

Every application will be judged on its merits with the help of God. However, most applicants to the Continuing Anglican Church – Anglican continuum have a history of academic and/or ministry achievements upon which to draw. the Continuing Anglican Church – Anglican continuum makes no specific demands upon potential ordinands with respect to their academic achievements, as we recognize the value of experience, which, if substantial, may be a suitable alternative. Our clergy come from every conceivable background, Methodists, Baptists, Free Churches, Lutheran, and a number of former Church of England Readers.

 

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