(Office of Ordinands 20190901)
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 practising homosexual into Holy Orders.
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.
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 clergy 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, maybe a suitable alternative. Our clergy come from every conceivable background, Methodists, Baptists, Free Churches, Lutheran, and a number of former Church of England Readers.
Most of the clergy of Continuing Anglican Church Anglican Continuum are engaged in secular employment to sustain their lives and their ministry. The Continuing Anglican Church Anglican Continuum clergy are non-stipendiary (unpaid) and therefore need to work just as any other person does for economic survival. The clergy of Continuing Anglican Church Anglican Continuum so employed do not, however, “turn off” their clerical status when at work. Many are recognized as “unofficial” chaplains in their working environment, colleagues naturally turning to someone they know will listen or give advice in times of need.
Exactly because the clergy of Continuing Anglican Church Anglican Continuum are themselves employed they more fully appreciate the stresses and strains of daily life for most people. The constant weighing up of priorities, home and work-life balance and the constant struggle to “find time” for oneself or family or friends. However, despite this the clergy of Continuing Anglican Church Anglican Continuum employ their spare time to facilitate their first vocation in life, the service of Christ and of His Church and to serve the servants of God.
The clergy of Continuing Anglican Church Anglican Continuum by virtue of their being or having been “worker clergy,” possess various professional qualifications and experience gained in the world of work. Some are trained health professionals, other social workers, some teachers and other small business owners, some have even been publicans, military service personnel or funeral directors. An individual priest may then be just as comfortable discussing the spiritual as the material problems of life providing a unique perspective on ministry that other mainstream clergy don’t always possess.
Again because some clergy of Continuing Anglican Church Anglican Continuum work full time, their ministry to local congregations and the work of the Church locally is assisted by Lay Ministers. These may themselves be employed or retired but give of their time to assist the pastoral ministry of the church. Lay Ministry within the Continuing Anglican Church Anglican Continuum is Licensed or Certificated depending on the extent of its support of the priest’s ministry and the nature of the work.