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 he 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.

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 helps students deepen in the knowledge of Anglican history and doctrine, worship, spirituality, and practice, as preparation for life and ministry in the Anglican Church. This certificate is awarded with the successful completion of the Master of Divinity degree. Master of Divinity students who intend to pursue ordination in an Anglican communion may wish to complete requirements for the certificate of Anglican studies. Students pursuing the certificate must:

  • Complete two elective courses: Anglican History and Doctrine* and Anglican Worship and Sacraments**
  • Complete the Supervised Ministry Practicum (DVML 701 & 702) in an Anglican ministry context
  • Attend regularly (at least nine times per semester) morning prayer services offered at Beeson or at a local Anglican congregation
  • Attend regularly (at least nine times per semester) evensong services (and the training beforehand) offered at Beeson or at a local Anglican congregation
  • Demonstrate mastery of the core competencies for ministry leadership, based on evaluations conducted by professors and mentors in the Anglican Institute

In addition to these requirements, students are also encouraged to participate fully in other Anglican Institute program opportunities, such as monthly Anglican lunches, monthly Anglican theology nights, and lectures and sermons by visiting Anglican scholars and dignitaries.

* For students pursuing the certificate in Anglican studies, Anglican History and Doctrine satisfies the required M.Div. course, DVET 701 Doctrine and Ethics.

** For students pursuing the certificate in Anglican studies, Anglican Worship and Sacraments satisfies the required M.Div. course, DVHD 606 Ecclesiology and Worship.