Asbury Seminary Partners with Anglican Church in North America
The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) now endorses Asbury Seminary’s Anglican Studies Program. Students in the M.Div. or M.A. in Theological Studies degrees can specialize in Anglican Studies as part of these degrees or earn a certificate in Anglican Studies.
“I have been a close observer of the apostolic emergence of the ACNA since it was officially formed in 2009,” Dr. Timothy C. Tennent, President of Asbury Seminary, said. “From the beginning, the ACNA has demonstrated their commitment to historic faith, biblical fidelity, church planting and cultural transformation. I am delighted that the Seminary has been chosen to help train future ministers of this new Christian movement.”
Anglican Formation at Asbury Seminary exists to form leaders in the Anglican tradition. It is a multi-cultural community of students, faculty and staff, seeking to live their faith and calling in the Anglican Way. We believe this ancient path of discipleship, empowered afresh by the Holy Spirit, speaks authentically to the longings of our post-Christian context. In that confidence, the community gathers for common prayer, Communion, teaching and fellowship. The Seminary’s growing network of Anglican churches and missions, locally and abroad, offers students rich ministry experience and mentoring.
“Asbury Seminary has a long history of training Anglican leaders from around the world,” Dr. Winfield Bevins, Director of Church Planting at Asbury Seminary, said. “We are excited to strengthen our relationship with the ACNA to help prepare students for ministry in the Anglican tradition. If you are looking for a globally diverse seminary that will equip you for ministry in the Anglican tradition, Asbury Seminary is the place for you!”
Globally, the Anglican Church forms the third largest body of Christians in the world. Anglican churches exist in more than 165 countries around the world. As Anglican Christians became global, the demographics shifted dramatically. While Christians from Britain, the U.S., Canada and Australia continue to play an important role, today the “average” Anglican is a young woman from Sub-Saharan Africa.
“We look forward to the fruit of this partnership with Asbury Seminary to form and shape biblical, disciple-making clergy in the Anglican Church in North America,” Archbishop Foley Beach, Archbishop of the ACNA, said. “It is our hope that this will educate and motivate future clergy to reach North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.”