For some, the descriptor “Anglican” doesn’t mean much. For others it has varying degrees of good or bad connotation. Allow us to clearly address this key part of our identity.

The Church of the Good Shepherd is:

  • Orthodox

  • Evangelical

  • Anglican

By orthodox, we mean that The Church of the Good Shepherd is committed to teaching the historic Christian faith expressed in the Nicene Creed (see beliefs for more).  Evangelical is another broad term with varied interpretations, but our aim in using it is to express our desire to not only pursue, but to zealously and winsomely invite others into a personal relationship with Christ. Lastly, we are Anglican. Our worship follows the traditional Anglican liturgy (including weekly communion) as expressed in the Book of Common Prayer.  Our church is submitted to the oversight of the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA).

Take a look at what the Thirty Nine Articles on Religion have to say on a few key theological issues:

God

There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body, parts, or passions; of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the Maker, and Preserver of all things both visible and invisible. And in unity of this Godhead there be three Persons, of one substance, power, and eternity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. [Article I, Thirty-Nine Articles]

Church

The visible Church of Christ is a congregation of faithful men, in which the pure Word of God is preached, and the Sacraments be duly ministered according to Christ’s ordinance, in all those things that of necessity are requisite to the same. [Article XIX, Thirty-Nine Articles]

Scripture

Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation: so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of the Faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation. In the name of the Holy Scripture we do understand those canonical Books of the Old and New Testament, of whose authority was never any doubt in the Church. [Article VI, Thirty-Nine Articles]