If you are baptized, you are a minister of the Gospel.
Some of the baptized are called forth by the Spirit and by their community to do specialized tasks to support and further the Good News.
Some are called to traditional ministries in gathering and leading local worship/prayer communities. Others are called to ministries of counseling, and art, and peacemaking, and advocacy, and prayer, and visitation, and teaching, and ecological stewardship, and service, and troublemaking! The Spirit calls all people to faithful witness to the Good News, and makes ministers of us in amazing ways!
We are worker-priests as expressed in recent decades in France among the Roman Catholics and in Britain among the Anglicans. This model has its Protestant counterpart in “tentmaker ministry”, after the example of St. Paul, who supported his ministry by making tents. Some of us work as paid chaplains or clergy; some of us support ourselves with day jobs. Our Synod has no paid positions, and provides no benefits such as insurance or retirement. Each Minister is a pioneer in building up a local ministry as she or he is uniquely called. Each Minister lives and works and ministers in the community s/he has been called to serve.
We ordain qualified candidates as Deacons, Priests and Bishops. We receive into vows as Religious those who are called to the life of monastics in the world. We welcome you to contact us and enter into a prayerful dialog about yourself, and the ministry you feel called to do. And we welcome qualified clergy and ministries who seek a more compatible spiritual home.
The Independent Anglican Synod believes in empowering all qualified people for ministry. We are not, however, a clergy factory. All applicants and candidates must demonstrate a real vocation to ordained ministry. All applicants and candidates must achieve and demonstrate a well-rounded competency in pastoral studies and formation appropriate to the ministries they are called to. The Synod discerns each request for candidacy individually, understanding that many paths prepare a person for ministry.
Any person may apply for candidacy for ordination. Only those who complete the application process and are approved by the Convening Bishop will be considered candidates for ordination. All applicants must pass a criminal background check and psychological profile, at their expense.
All candidates spend at least one year in active membership in the Synod before they can be ordained. Candidacy studies may be completed during this year.
Active clergy in good standing from other jurisdictions will also complete the application process. Clergy transfer candidates spend at least six months in probationary membership in the Synod before full membership is granted.
For those whom the Holy Spirit calls to a dedicated life of vowed service as monastics, we offer a path of Religious life. Candidates for Holy Orders are also welcome to enter a novitiate program (if accepted) in tandem with their preparation for ordination.
If you feel called to take the next step on the path to ordained service and/or Religious life, we invite you to discuss your vocation with our Convening Bishop.