Statement of Faith

Essential Marks That Shape and Guide Our Actions

Commitment To Jesus Christ: We believe that salvation is found in Jesus Christ alone, Who is the only begotten Son of the Living God. Through Him, all who come to Him by faith and repent of their sins, receive forgiveness through Christ’s death on the Cross and live in newness of life through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. This new life in faith is to be marked by joyful obedience to Jesus Christ, to God’s Word written and to the leading of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 16: 15-16; Ephesians 2:4-10; 2Corinthians 5: 21; Galatians 5: 22-25)

Authority of Scripture: We believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments in their entirety is God’s Word, and is the standard by which we are to order our lives, express our faith and function as a community (2 Timothy 3: 16-17)

Expectant Prayer: We believe that nothing of significance happens in God’s Kingdom in the absence or prayer. Therefore, we seek to make prayer a priority – inviting God to lead, restore, heal and transform our lives, our church, community and the world. (John 14: 15-31; Luke 11: 1-13)

Evangelism: We believe that we are to live our lives, to make disciples and to grow our church in a manner that expresses the loving heart of God for those who are separated from Jesus Christ and His Church. (Matthew 9: 12-13; Luke 15; 1 Timothy 4: 1-5)

Relational Ministry: We are committed to ministry being accomplished in relationships which express love, intimacy, and the unity of God as revealed in the relationship of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd is committed to holding ourselves accountable before God and one another within our Anglican polity. (John 13: 34; 1 John 4: 11-21)

Worship: We are committed to worship in Word and Sacrament, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Our worship – in glorifying God – is to be authentic and relevant to our cultural setting, while remaining within the breadth of our Anglican tradition. (John 4: 23- 24; 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26; Acts 17:22-24)

Servant Ministry: We believe that every Christian is created for ministry, gifted for ministry, and needed for ministry. We are, therefore, committed to equip, empower and release the faithful to use the gifts of the Holy Spirit to glorify and build up the Body of Christ. (Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-13)

Sacrificial Giving: We believe that we should be generous with our time, talents and money as we share with those in need, support the work of God among us, and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (1 John 3: 17-18; Ezra 2: 68-69; Acts 2: 44-47)

Biblical Leadership: We are committed to identifying and training emerging leaders who are committed to Christ and to reaching their generation with the Gospel. This will require of those seeking leadership in the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd, authentic faith, Godly character, and a servant’s heart. (Luke 22: 27; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12: 13)