Prophetic Voice

From the halls of international power to the most rural settings, we have the opportunity to boldly profess our fundamental and unwavering commitment to the historic faith "once for all entrusted to the saints" as expressed in Holy Scriptures and declared in the creeds.

With abundant opportunity, however, comes great responsibility: Our prophetic voice must never vacillate. We must be--to the Church, the nation, and the world--a voice that heralds the Good News and confronts a dying and sinful culture with the unchanging love and transforming power of Jesus Christ.

Empower Congregations

Because the life of the Church arises out of the vibrancy of local congregations, the greatest focus of our diocese is the health and growth of our existing congregations and missions and the gospel mission that Christ has called us to embrace together as his disciples.

Congregations in the Anglican Diocese of the Living Word are empowered to be guided by the Holy Spirit and Scripture as they define and plan the ministries that will have a dynamic impact on their communities. Our congregations represent a great diversity of cultures and customs and they are supported to express their worship and ministry in ways that are both true to their Anglican faith and honor their traditions. To be an Anglican, then, is not to embrace a distinct version of Christianity, but a distinct way of being a "Mere Christian," at the same time evangelical, apostolic, catholic, reformed, and Spirit-filled.

Support Our Clergy

Healthy, secure, and growing congregations and missions are led by godly, biblically-grounded clergy who are supported by their Chief Pastor, the Bishop.

With the exception of the supreme authority of the Word of God, nothing in the diocese comes from the "top down." We have overturned the traditional miter-capped paradigm of leadership. Decisions are deliberated, not delivered. Order is agreed upon, rather than imposed. And gravitas has been replaced by engagement.

Our Bishop understands that his office is a divinely appointed opportunity to expend his energy and creativity in encouraging and equipping his clergy for their leadership in the local church.

Plant Churches

As North American Anglicans, we have made a quantum leap into planting innovative and extraordinary new congregations in widely diverse contexts. Some of our congregations worship in store fronts. One worships in a refurbished limousine garage. Another in the living room of the rector's home, and still others have been planted or re-planted in facilities belonging to other Christian churches.

In light of our clergy and laity's commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ, their spiritual gifts, dynamic energy, and immense creativity and flexibility, our diocese is committed to planting healthy, growing, and faithful churches that are dedicated to biblical faith, apostolic order, and global mission.

Local Commitment

Whether teeming metropolises or sparsely populated towns, our communities are hurting. Saturated with broken marriages, poverty, addiction, loneliness and more, our culture is living evidence of a dire need for the Savior. The Anglican Diocese of the Living Word is committed to bringing the Good News to our neighborhoods and wider communities, sharing the freedom that is found in the truth of Jesus Christ, and demonstrating the transforming love of the Gospel by feeding the poor, clothing the naked, healing the sick, and welcoming the stranger.

Global Perspective

Our Savior commissioned us to spread his Gospel to our local communities, our region, our nation, and the world. The explosion of technology and a shrinking world may have redefined the means and methods, but the Commission to proclaim the Good News is as integral to the Church today as on the day of his Ascension.

The Anglican Diocese of the Living Word embraces mission initiatives that faithfully and effectively advance Christ's Kingdom from the Atlantic coast and the plains of the Midwest to unreached people at the edges of the Earth.

We are committed to being a diocese that is known for our missionary zeal through our local commitment and our global perspective; to be a people marked by our resolve to "know Christ and to make him known to all the peoples upon the Earth."

Transform Injustice

With headquarters on the front step of the nation’s capital, the Anglican Diocese of the Living Word is uniquely positioned to confront and transform injustice. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we draw attention to the persecution of Christians around the world, stand up for those who are enslaved or wrongly imprisoned, challenge government infringement of religious freedoms, and insist on protection for the most vulnerable among us including the poor, the elderly, the sick, and the unborn.

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter -- when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.” Isaiah 58:6-8 (NIV1984)