December 2017

FAQ about ordinations

1. How many are being ordained?

Nine men will be ordained at the service on 7th December 2017. Eight will be ordained as deacons and one will be ordained as a presbyter.

2. How are ordinands selected?

carries out a robust and rigorous selection and support process. It has multiple stages. We use the following categories and criteria throughout the process.

Selection Criteria for ordinationThe ultimate decision to ordain rests with Bishop Andy Lines. The selectors make a recommendation but the final decision rests with the Bishop.

3. How are ordinands trained?

is committed to ensuring that our ministers have deep theological training that will resource them for a life time of ministry.

Ordinands may choose either to train full-time at a theological college or part-time with a recognised theological institution whilst based in a local church. The exact training path for each candidate is agreed between the ordinand and Bishop Andy Lines.

Before ordination the Bishop must be satisfied that the candidate has achieved the right level of theological knowledge.

4. Who is conducting the ordinations?

Rt Revd Andy Lines will conduct the ordinations. He was consecrated as a Bishop by the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) on 30th June 2017 at the request of the Gafcon Primates. More details about this inspirational service involving Archbishops and Bishops from around the world can be found here:

Bishop Andy is a member of the College of Bishops of the ACNA and, specifically, is an ACNA Missionary Bishop to Europe. He also belongs to the ACNA Diocese known as the Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC). More details about this Diocese can be found here:

The Diocesan Bishop of ANiC is the Rt Revd Charles Masters.

5. What liturgy will be used for the ordinations?

The exact liturgy has been agreed in consultation with Bishop Charles Masters, the Diocesan Bishop of ANiC. This satisfies the Canons of both the ACNA and ANiC. It draws on liturgy mainly from the English Prayer Book and the ACNA Ordinal.

More details about the English Prayer Book can be found here:

6. Will the ordinands swear oaths?

Yes. During the service each ordinand will:

• Make the Declaration of Assent
• Swear an Oath of Canonical Obedience
• Swear an Oath of Conformity

The exact wording is as follows:

Bishop: The Anglican Network in Canada is part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church worshipping the one true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It professes the faith uniquely revealed in the Holy Scriptures and set forth in the catholic creeds, which faith the Church is called upon to proclaim afresh in each generation. Led by the Holy Spirit, it bears witness to the Christian truth given to us in the historic formularies of the Church of England, the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, The Book of Common Prayer (1662) and the Ordering of Bishops, Priests and Deacons.

In the declaration you are about to make will you affirm your loyalty to this inheritance of faith as your inspiration and guidance under God in bringing the grace and truth of Christ to this generation and making him known to those in your care?

Candidates: I do so affirm, and accordingly declare my belief in the faith which is revealed in the Holy Scriptures and set forth in the catholic creeds and to which the historic formularies given to us by the Church of England bear witness; and in public prayer and administration of the sacraments, I will use only the forms of service which are authorized or allowed by Canon.

Bishop: The Canons require that no one may be ordained a Deacon or Presbyter in the Church until such person has subscribed without reservation to the Oath of Conformity. It is also required that each Ordinand subscribe without reservation to the Oath of Canonical Obedience. In the presence of this congregation, I now charge you to make your solemn declaration of these oaths.

Candidates: I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God and to contain all things necessary to salvation; and therefore I hold myself bound to conform my life and ministry thereto, and do solemnly engage to conform to the Doctrine, Discipline and Worship of Christ as this Church has received them. And I do swear by Almighty God that I will pay true and
canonical obedience in all things lawful and honest to Bishop Andy Lines and his successors: So help me God.

7. Will those ordained have a licence?

Yes. The Diocesan Bishop of ANiC, Rt Revd Charles Master will issue a licence for each new deacon and presbyter. Each licence will state that its holder will be under the episcopal supervision of Bishop Andy Lines.

8. If being made deacon, is the intention that they are ordained presbyter this time next year?

Some of the deacon ordinands could have been considered for ordination as presbyters already but in line with recognised Anglican practice there will be a gap with further evaluation before presbyteral ordinations, normally a year later.

9. How many congregations/ministers are now under Bishop Andy’s oversight, informally or formally?

This is a growing number as a result of the Scottish Episcopal Church’s decision in June 2017 to change their Canons to permit same-sex weddings in church.

10. How many congregations are now part of ?

There are currently 10 congregations outside the central structures of the Church of England. There are a significant number of congregations within the Church of England which are supporting .

11. How does decide where to plant churches?

We have a selection and support process for those who desire to plant an church. In short, we are looking for the right person in the right place with the right plan.

For any queries please contact:

Revd Lee McMunn
Mission Director
Anglican Mission in England ()

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