We believe God calls all believers to be unified in his name. We are grieved at the brokenness among believers and denominations and exhort all of us to examine where we have strayed from Scripture and compromised our beliefs, repenting and seeking unity and a return to faith consistent with Jesus’ teaching and the historic faith of the Church.
What we believe is outlined in the 2019 Book of Common Prayer, the 2020 Anglican catechism, and the 39 Articles. We affirm the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) Statement and Jerusalem Declaration issued 29 June 2008. These provide the foundation of the global Anglican tradition.
We identify the following seven elements as characteristic of the Anglican Way:
- We believe the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, containing all things necessary for salvation, and to be the final authority and unchangeable standard for Christian faith and life.
- We believe Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are Sacraments, ordained by Christ Himself in the Gospel.
- We believe the historic office of a bishop is a part of the faith and practice passed down by the apostles, and therefore is integral to the fullness and unity of the Body of Christ.
- We believe the use of the three Catholic Creeds: the Apostles’, the Nicene, and the Athanasian, are scriptural and provide a unified vision for the Church.
- There have been seven councils of the undivided Church, held in an attempt to reach an orthodox consensus and restore peace among believers. Anglicans affirm the teaching of the first four councils and the Christological clarifications of the fifth, sixth and seventh councils, in so far as they are agreeable to Scripture.
- We receive the 2019 Book of Common Prayer from the ACNA, as the standard for the Anglican tradition of worship.
- We receive the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of 1571, as expressing the Anglican response to certain doctrinal issues controverted at that time, and as expressing fundamental principles of authentic Anglican belief.
For more information on these seven elements, visit the Anglican Church in North America's website here.
In all these things, the Anglican Church in North America is determined by the help of God to hold and maintain, as the Anglican Way has received them, the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ and to communicate them in His name.