The Institute of Anglican Studies

The Anglican tradition is a way of being Christian that worships the Trinitarian God with the liturgy and sacraments of the Church. Anglicans follow what they call the via media, the middle way between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. They draw from the best of Catholic worship and Protestant preaching for life in the Trinity devoted to "the beauty of holiness" (Ps. 96:9).

The Institute of Anglican Studies at Beeson

  • Trains men and women for Anglican ministry
  • Offers the Certificate of Anglican Studies
  • Builds the Anglican Communion by helping educate the public in the riches of the Anglican tradition through lectures, meetings for students with Anglican leaders, monthly lunches and theology nights, weekly evensong, and an annual theology conference.

History of Anglicanism

Two of the most important figures in Anglican history are Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556) and Richard Hooker (1554-1600). Cranmer was an Anglican martyr and Archbishop of Canterbury during the English Reformation. The Book of Common Prayer is largely indebted to Cranmer, and his was a major contributor to what eventually became the Thirty-Nine Articles. Hooker established the distinctive ethos of Anglicanism with his great work Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity (1594-97).

With a membership of approximately 85 million worldwide the Anglican Communion is the third largest Christian communion in the world, after the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Scheduled Conferences

  • Sept. 25-26, 2018 -- What is Anglicanism?
  • Sept. 2019 -- The Jewish Roots of Christianity
  • Sept. 2020 -- Worship: The Anglican Contribution
  • Sept. 2021 -- Anglican Saints and Heroes

Conference Information

The Institute of Anglican Studies is devoted to orthodox Anglicanism, the gospel proclaimed and lived by the Christian Great Tradition, the classic worship of the Book of Common Prayer, the doctrinal commitments of the Thirty-Nine Articles, and the final authority of the Holy Scriptures for faith and life.

Certificate of Anglican Studies

The Certificate of Anglican Studies program prepares a student for life and ministry in the Anglican Church. It teaches Anglican doctrine, worship, spirituality and practice. It trains students how to minister in Word and Sacrament. This certificate is awarded with the successful completion of the Master of Divinity degree. The program is structured as follows:


  • Anglican History and Doctrine (3 hours)
  • Sacramental Theology (3 hours)
  • One Anglican-themed elective (3 hours), such as,
  • Anglican Polity
  • Anglican Liturgics
  • Special Topics
  • Directed Study

Total credit hours: 9 (of 12 M.Div. elective hours)


  • Pastoral Formation - (3-hour practicum completed in an Anglican congregation)
  • The Ministry of Administration - (3-hour practicum completed in an Anglican congregation)

Credit hours: 6

Anglican Intensives

Beginning in September 2017, the Institute of Anglican Studies at Beeson Divinity School will offer a new program, “Anglican Intensives.” This program is designed for those who have already completed a master of divinity or equivalent in a non-Anglican denomination and who now desire to study Anglican theology and ministry.

“After we announced that Beeson’s Institute of Anglican Studies was accepted officially by the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) as a place for training of future Anglican ministers within ACNA, we received requests from people around the country who wanted to pursue various levels of ordination within the Anglican Communion,” said Gerald McDermott, Anglican chair of divinity and director of the Institute of Anglican Studies. “They wanted to know where they could get their Anglican training post-M.Div. So this is why we have started the Anglican Intensives program: to teach Anglican theology and ministry to those who are wanting to become Anglican priests and deacons.”

Anglican Intensives is a two-year noncredit program that will be comprised of a directed study and two weeklong on-campus residencies, the first in May 2018. Those who complete the program will receive a certificate. Cost for the program is $1,200/year plus travel, lodging, and book expenses.

Applications for the 2017-18 academic year are due July 1, 2017.