2020 Is going to be a plentiful harvesting year for the Worldwide Anglican Church and we are very busy preparing for 2021, which will be our Centenary! We are a truly International church and a close-knit family who prays together every day! Our Seminaries are exceptional, and our on-going episcopal and leadership training is second to none. We are very proud to humbly and passionately serve in some of the most economically challenged communities in the world, and we place much emphasis on a mission with purpose.
If you feel called to the priesthood and your church wishes to join with us and support you, or if you are a Bishop looking for a new Anglican Church that is conservative and completely unwavering on important issues, accepting of the five-fold ministry, and accepting of qualified women to the episcopacy then please complete the application below. Upon receipt of your answers with certificates of Ordination, Consecration, Apostolic Succession and Academic qualifications, a member of our selection committee will reach out to you to begin the process.
GENERAL PROVISIONS AND QUALIFICATIONS for holy orders
- Every person to be admitted to Holy Orders in this Church shall be examined by a Bishop and his/her Examining Chaplains whose duty it shall be to ascertain that he/she is well versed in the Holy Scriptures, the Faith and Worship of this Church, the history of the Undivided Church, Sermon Composition and delivery, Pastoral Theology, and the Constitutions and canons of this Church. Before such examination he/she shall present a Testimonial from at least one Priest, two male and two female communicants of this Church signifying a belief in his/her fitness for this sacred office and in his/her purity, good morals and behavior for the space of three years past. He/she must further be able to show that he/she is deemed to be useful in ministerial work. The minimum age requirement for a candidate for Holy Orders is twenty five – thirty years, with a seminary degree and one year minimum of service as a deacon.
- Deacons shall not be given charge of congregations, but shall be assistants to Priests, or serve temporarily in a congregation under the supervision of the Bishop. Deacons may preach sermons and perform Infant Baptism in the absence of a Priest and only with consent of the Bishop. They shall be assistants, but not celebrants of the Eucharist. No Deacon or other Minister, not being a Priest, shall be transferred from one Diocese or Jurisdiction to another except by mutual agreement of the Bishops concerned.
- No one shall be ordained a Priest until such time as he/she is entering upon pastoral or other duties assigned him/her in this Church by the Bishop, and any Priest who shall leave his/her sacred calling and the duties thereof to engage in secular work after his/her ordination shall be officially counselled by his/her Bishop and otherwise disciplined should he/she persist in the same against the reprimand of said Bishop. Any Priest of this Church in good standing may at his/her own request, be transferred with Letters Testimonial to the Jurisdiction of any other Bishop who may desire to receive him/her. Every transfer when effected shall be reported to the Secretary of the General Synod by the Bishop receiving the Priest in question.
GENERAL PROVISIONS AND QUALIFICATIONS for bishops
- No man or woman shall be consecrated a Bishop in this Church until he/she be forty years old, and no man or woman shall be consecrated an Archbishop in this Church until he/she be fifty years old. Any Priest of this Church in good standing may be elected a Bishop, and any Bishop of this Church may be elected over a vacant Diocese or appointed by General Synod over a Jurisdiction.
- A Bishop of a Diocese shall be elected by the Synod thereof at a meeting called for said purpose according to the canons of this Church, by the concurrent vote by ballot of the Clergy and lay Duties voting separately. A Bishop or a Missionary or Special Jurisdiction shall be elected at any meeting of the General Synod by the concurrent vote by ballot of the Bishops and Clergy voting separately and the Lay Deputies voting separately. No election of a Bishop by a Diocesan Synod is valid until confirmed by the Worldwide Anglican Church, or by the General Synod if such election occurs less than three months prior to a meeting of General Synod. Every Bishop-elect, being a Priest before his Consecration, shall present to the Patriarch and Matriarch his certificate of election duly signed by all the Officers clerical and lay of the Diocesan or General Synod electing him/her; also, a statement from the Secretary of the General Synod of the Confirmation of his/her election; also, a certificate of good character signed by three Priests in the following form:
“We whose names are underwritten, fully realizing how important it is that the office of a Bishop should not be unworthily conferred, and firmly persuaded that it is our duty to bear testimony on this solemn occasion, without partiality or affection, do, in the presence of Almighty God, testify that ________ is not, so far as we are informed, justly liable to evil report, either for error in the Anglican faith or for an inappropriate life, and that we do not know or believe there is any impediment on account of which he/she ought not to be Consecrated to the office of a Bishop in the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. We do, moreover, jointly and severally declare that we do, in our conscience, believe him/her to be of such sufficiency in good learning, such soundness in doctrine, and of such virtuous and pure manners and godly conversation, that he/she is apt and meet to exercise the office of a Bishops, to the honor of God and the edifying of His Church, and to be a wholesome example to the flock of Christ.”
- These requirements being complied with, the Co-Presiding Archbishops, or some other Archbishop or Bishop’s designated by them, shall proceed to consecrate the Bishop-elect according to the established Canons by this Church. Every Bishop of this Church shall reside within his/her own Diocese or Jurisdiction unless excused from so doing by vote of the Worldwide Anglican Church Consistory or the General Synod. He/she shall visit the congregations within his/her charge at least once a year for the purpose of performing the spiritual duties of his/her office and examining the temporal state of each such congregation. The expenses incurred by such visit shall be defrayed in part or whole by the congregation for whose benefit it is made, or in such other way as the Synod of the Diocese or Jurisdiction shall provide.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR A CHURCH TO JOIN THE WORLDWIDE ANGLICAN CHURCH
The Worldwide Anglican Church is traditional in its worship and practices. We welcome cultural expression of arts, dance and music, providing it is dignified and complimentary to our style of worship. Our churches use the Book of Common Prayer, and sing traditional hymns, whilst adhering to the seasons. Churches wishing to join the WAC must adhere to our traditional style, and all clergies and congregation members will be expected to embrace the Anglican faith. Our Bishops and committees will always be available for training and we take the responsibility of guiding new congregations very seriously.
MEMBERSHIP AND CANDIDATE SELECTION COMMITTEE
“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
The Worldwide Anglican Church’s selection of clergies and churches wishing to enter is accomplished very prayerfully. As the Lord is the Head of the Church, it is unthinkable to select a priest, bishop, or church without spending considerable time consulting with Him and seeking His will. This committee consists of mature Christians, sound in the faith, grounded in doctrine, active in witnessing, prayerful and Biblically knowledgeable. Maturity demonstrates itself through forthright speech when necessary, through silence when the reservation is wisdom, through the exhibition of sensitivity to attitudes, and through skill in rightly reading between the lines.
This Committee is charged with the lead role in the selection of clergies and churches wishing to join the Worldwide Anglican Church. Upon receipt of an application, which must include Ordination, Consecration, Apostolic Succession and academic certificates, a thorough review is made of applicants’ answers to well-designed questions that examine the heart of the individual(s) with an in-depth review of his/her/their leadership and ministry style. This committee also reviews sermon videos and social media postings. This committee seeks and examines references and conducts a thorough background check including credit checks and sexual conduct using intelligence agencies. Candidates meet with the Provincial Archbishop and Bishop for a formal interview. Upon a satisfactory interview, the spouse and family will also be interviewed at an informal gathering. If the candidate or church is to be accepted, a vote is cast with an acceptance or refusal letter sent to the applicant or church. This process takes between two and six months to complete.
Our review council will prayerfully consider your application and contact you for a formal interview with the appropriate Archbishop Primate for your Country. We accept sincere applications from all Continents and would ask you to review our Canon Laws for age restrictions etc. We are a bible-based, conservative Anglican Church, who ordains and consecrates qualified men and women. We thank you for your interest in joining our Church and look forward to speaking with you in the near future. May God bless you during this important time of discernment.
MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM FOR EXISTING CLERGIES/CHURCHES/new candidates
- Have you visited our website and read our Canon laws, and are you prepared to adhere to them?
- Why do you or your church wish to join the WAC and do you have the full support of your vestry and congregation?
- What is your current denomination?
- As the applicant, what is your current rank in the Church?
- When and where, and in what year were you Ordained/Consecrated?
- Please tell us which Bishop Ordained you. Please provide your certificate.
- Please tell us which Bishops Consecrated you, the date and location. Please provide your certificate.
- Understanding that you cannot belong to two organizations, are you in a position to make a move to the WAC if accepted? Please provide us with a letter of proof that you have respectfully resigned from your previous commitment.
- Have you ever belonged to the Anglican Communion or any other Anglican organization – e.g. the IAOEC, ACNA, GAFCON, or the Anglican Free Communion?
- How many churches and clergy are under your authority? Please list the names of your clergies, churches, dioceses and countries, and please attach your clergies’ certificates of Holy Orders etc.
- What is your standing on women in ministry?
- What is your standing on same-sex relationships?
- What is your marital status, and if applicable, does your spouse support this move to the WAC?
- Have you ever been in a same-sex relationship?
- Please list five of your God-given talents that will enhance the WAC, including musical, administrative, leadership or any other gift.
- What social work do you and your church currently undertake in your community?
- Have you ever been convicted of a crime or misdemeanor?
- Have you ever been declared bankrupt, and do you have any outstanding debts personally or professionally?
- Are you prepared to undertake a background check?
- How did you come to know the Lord?
- Describe your call to ministry.
- Describe your ministry path and the spiritual markers along the way.
- In your spiritual walk, how has God used adversity to mature you?
- How do you and your church express your spiritual gifts?
- Share your definition of spiritual leadership.
- Share your involvement in local, national, and international missions. Please include any committees and boards that you have sat on or are currently involved with.
- Have you been divorced? If yes, please explain the circumstances.
- Is there anything in your past that might hinder you from an effective ministry with the WAC?
- Do you drink alcoholic beverages?
- Do you use tobacco products?
- How do you discern God’s will?
- Please share your spiritual disciplines and practices.
- Share how you shepherd your flock and demonstrate compassion.
- What evidence is there in your life and ministry that you are leading in the power of the Spirit, and not out of your own abilities and strength?
- What steps do you take to guard and cultivate your integrity?
- Are there any areas in your life that could be considered by biblical standards to be out of balance or in excess?
- What steps do you follow when you sense disagreement or conflict with someone in your church?
- In what areas of your life is it easiest to demonstrate self-control? In what areas is it most difficult?
- What do others respect you for the most?
- How have you been tempted to compromise your values?
- Where have you encountered theological disagreement in your ministry? How did you handle those?
- What is your belief and practice concerning tithing?
- After reviewing our church web site are there any areas of hesitation or disagreement?
- What areas of ministry do you enjoy the most?
- What areas of ministry do you enjoy the least?
- In what area(s) of ministry do you spend most of your time?
- How do you currently train leadership for various ministries in your church?
- Describe in detail the process you use in making major decisions related to the ministry of the church.
- What committees or ministry teams do you currently relate to and how?
- What role do you believe you should have in giving direction to the goals and direction of the church?
- Outline the governance and decision-making structure of your church.
- If another staff member is having difficulty fulfilling his job description, what do you believe is your responsibility, if any, to him/her?
- How much, and what type of information do you expect staff who report to you to give you about their activities?
- What types of decisions are staff who report to you required to submit to you for approval?
- What have you done to promote staff relationships?
- Do you pray regularly with your staff? Give examples.
- How do you communicate your ministry goals, the direction of ministry, etc. in your church?
- How are you held accountable for your performance in your current position?
- What is your practice regarding staff meetings?
- What are your principle development needs and what are your plans to deal with them?
- What do you believe you will be able to bring to the WAC?
Once completed, you may send your application in a Word document to firstname.lastname@example.org – Please include your full legal name, date of birth, date of your baptism and confirmation, date of your wedding (If applicable) address, phone number, social media links, ordination/consecration/apostolic succession/academic/citizenship certificates and published articles to support your application. If you are a church applying to join the WAC please include documents of incorporation and a letter of support from your vestry committee.
We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for ongoing commitment to serving the Lord. Bless you ++