Called by God:
The Ordained Ministry
“The harvest truly is great but the labourers are few: pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest” (St. Luke 10: 2).
The Traditional Anglican Communion welcomes with gratitude, all male members of the Traditional Anglican Church in Britain (TTAC), who seek to explore and test their calling to serve Christ as deacons and priests, in the Church of God. As they explore and test their vocation within TTAC, they will be offered a process that will assist them and the Church, in their journey to the ordained ministry, a process, which has for discernment, depth, rigour, integrity, challenge and support.
Before ordination to the diaconate each ordinand, during his three year course, will be prepared in and expected to demonstrate:
- Knowledge of the topics and text specified in the academic subject areas.
- Understanding of the significance of the material studied.
- The ability to express themselves clearly and logically in an intelligent argument and to make critical evaluation.
- Demonstrate practice in pastoral ministry: awareness, sensitivity, understanding and the ability to relate to others.
- Spiritual development, formation, humility, discipline and stability.
- Understanding of the significance of authority, commitment, accountability and obedience.
- Practical training and experience.
Academic studies will include:
- Old and New Testament Studies: Hermeneutics.
- Patristics: Greek and Latin Fathers.
- Apologetic, Dogmatic and Systematic Theology of the Christian Church: Orthodoxy, Heresy and the Anglican theological method.
- Church History: The Early Church, the 16th & 17th Centuries and the Church in England.
- Liturgy and Worship: History, Development and the Book of Common Prayer.
- Classical Anglicanism: Ecclesiology, Canon Law and Anglican Mystical Theology.
- Moral Theology and Ethics: Ethical Theory and New Testament Ethics.
- New Testament Greek: (Optional).
Pastoral studies will include:
- Pastoral Theology: The Priest as Pastor.
- The essentials of Pastoral Ministry: openness, insight, self-awareness and unlimited caring.
- Applying the theology of the Gospel to the pastoral needs of the Church.
- To give guidance as to how to live an authentic Christian life.
- Supervised practice in Pastoral Ministry.
Formation will include:
- Prayer, spiritual development and discipline: the daily Office, private prayer and meditation, the Sunday Eucharist, scriptural and devotional reading.
- Having a spiritual director, a confessor, attending quiet days and retreats.
- Exploring the many ways of the Spiritual Life, particularly that of Anglican Mystical Theology and finding that, which is most personally suitable to spiritual growth.
- Practical training and experience: the functions of office, liturgy and rubrics, and preaching.
Called by God:
If a priest is asked the question: What led you to seek ordination? He will only give the answer that he felt impelled by something other than his own wishes and inclinations to become a priest. This is not only understandable and reasonable but it is recognized by the Church. Vocation implies this inward impulse, which comes from God. The Church demands that those who believe themselves so called, shall be tried and examined because the ministry of the Church is from above, conferred by our Lord through the Church and “no man taketh this honour unto himself.” Anyone who feels this inward call should himself consider what it means to be a priest so that he may “test the validity” of his feeling. A priest is a father of his people, deeply concerned in all the joys and sorrows, the triumphs and failures, the problems and temptations of his spiritual children. “Men are called to be priests whose whole habit is looking to God, so that all mankind may do in like manner” (The 2nd Charge of Thomas, Bishop of Argyll and The Isles, 1944).
The Traditional Anglican Church in Britain invites those who believe themselves to be called to the Ordained Ministry and wish to test their vocation, to contact:
The Principal Examining Chaplain,
C/o TTAC Diocesan Office,
The Priory and Cathedral Church of St. Katherine,
Tel: 01522-579490. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org