Christ church midrand, South Africa, March 20, 2016

Christ church midrand, South Africa, March 20, 2016

For us, the appeal of Anglicanism is threefold. We're thankful for the biblical orthodoxy of Anglican doctrine in the Thirty-nine Articles; the richness of Anglican liturgy in The Book of Common Prayer; and the wonderful example of great Anglicans down the centuries, such as John Newton, William Wilberforce, Charles Simeon, C.S. Lewis, John Stott, and J.I. Packer.

All Anglican churches are connected in some way to the Church of England, a national church established in the 16th century yet with roots in the 3rd century. Most Anglican churches around the world still have formal organizational ties to the Church of England; many others do not, but they remain faithful to Anglican teaching. We belong to the second group.

Visitors to our church will find that our services resemble those of gospel-centered Anglican churches in England, Australia, South Africa, and Singapore. Our worship style is "low church" as opposed to "high church," which means, among other things, that our pastor does not wear robes, and we do not celebrate the Lord's Supper every Sunday. Low church Anglicanism places its emphasis on the reading and teaching of the Bible. This is how Jesus himself made the hearts of his disciples burn within them (Luke 24:32). We warmly welcome Anglicans of every type, along with visitors of any faith or none. 

Our pastor, Bernard Howard, was ordained in 2016 by Bishop Martin Morrison of the Reformed Evangelical Anglican Church of Southern Africa (REACH-SA), formerly known as the Church of England in South Africa (CESA). The history of this Anglican jurisdiction can be read here: http://reachsa.org.za/about-us/our-history/. Bishop Martin will be providing episcopal oversight for our church.

CESA was invited to take part in the Global Anglican Future Conference in Jerusalem in 2008. At that conference, CESA affirmed and accepted the Jerusalem Declaration, which serves as the doctrinal statement of Good Shepherd Anglican Church.