The Anglican Church in North America has 720 congregations and 293 Ministry Partner congregations in 58 U.S. states and Canadian provinces.
The Anglican Church in North America was initiated on April 16, 2009 and is a Province-in-formation in the global Anglican Communion. It is composed of more than 100,000 Anglicans in nearly 1,000 congregations in the United States and Canada. The Archbishop is The Most Rev. Robert Duncan, who also is the bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh. As part of the “One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church,” ACNA joins other Anglicans in upholding the orthodox faith as defined by and articulated in the church’s classic formularies, the Book of Common Prayer, including the Ordinaries and the Thirty-nine Articles, which have their basis in the Holy Scriptures (Old and New Testaments).
We believe and confess Jesus Christ to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no one comes to the Father but by Him. Therefore, the Anglican Church in North America identifies the following seven elements as characteristic of the Anglican Way, and essential for membership:
- We confess the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments to be 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 confess Baptism and the Supper of the Lord to be Sacraments ordained by Christ Himself in the Gospel, and thus to be ministered with unfailing use of His words of institution and of the elements ordained by Him.
- We confess the godly historic Episcopate as an inherent part of the apostolic faith and practice, and therefore as integral to the fullness and unity of the Body of Christ.
- We confess as proved by most certain warrants of Holy Scripture the historic faith of the undivided church as declared in the three Catholic Creeds: the Apostles', the Nicene, and the Athanasian.
- Concerning the seven Councils of the undivided Church, we 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 the Holy Scriptures.
- We receive The Book of Common Prayer as set forth by the Church of England in 1662, together with the Ordinal attached to the same, as a standard for Anglican doctrine and discipline, and, with the Books which preceded it, as the standard for the Anglican tradition of worship.
- We receive the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of 1571, taken in their literal and grammatical sense, as expressing the Anglican response to certain doctrinal issues controverted at that time, and as expressing the fundamental principles of authentic Anglican belief.