AMiE Ordination Service 7th December 2017

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. How many are being ordained?

Nine men will be ordained at the service on 7th December 2017. Eight will be ordained as deacons and one will be ordained as a presbyter.

2. How are AMiE ordinands selected?

AMiE carries out a robust and rigorous selection and support process. It has multiple stages. We use the following categories and criteria
throughout the process.

Conversion Able to articulate how they came to personal faith in Christ.
Demonstrate evidence of a lively faith, sustained by prayer and changed by reflection on God’s Word.
Conviction Demonstrate that they have evangelical convictions and an evangelical ministry culture
Demonstrate that they are committed to Anglican doctrine. In particular, a commitment to the doctrine contained
in the 39 Articles, the Book of Common Prayer and the Ordinal.
Demonstrate understanding of biblical submission and a willingness to submit to godly authority.
Demonstrate a deep and robust faith which has been able to wrestle with doubt, disappointment and failure.
Character Demonstrate a commitment to personal sanctification – worked out in community.
Able to reflect on themselves with a sense of perspective.
Competence Reflect accurately upon their own strengths/ weaknesses.
Demonstrate understanding of godly leadership and evidence of their leadership ability.
Demonstrate their ability and desire to understand and share God’s Word effectively in a variety of situations.
Capacity Demonstrate they have the emotional, physical and spiritual awareness, robustness and resilience required for
the task to which they are called.
Able to reflect on healthy patterns of work and rest.
Context Demonstrate an awareness of how their personal relationships might affect their ministry and vice versa and
ways in which God might use their personal context to his glory.

The ultimate decision to ordain rests with Bishop Andy Lines. The selectors make a recommendation but the final decision rests with the
3. How are AMiE ordinands trained?

AMiE is committed to ensuring that our ministers have deep theological training that will resource them for a life time of ministry.

Ordinands may choose either to train full-time at a theological college or part-time with a recognised theological institution whilst based in a
local church. The exact training path for each candidate is agreed between the ordinand and Bishop Andy Lines.

Before ordination the Bishop must be satisfied that the candidate has achieved the right level of theological knowledge.

4. Who is conducting the ordinations?

Rt Revd Andy Lines will conduct the ordinations. He was consecrated as a Bishop by the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) on 30th
June 2017 at the request of the Gafcon Primates. More details about this inspirational service involving Archbishops and Bishops from around
the world can be found here:

Bishop Andy is a member of the College of Bishops of the ACNA and, specifically, is an ACNA Missionary Bishop to Europe. He also belongs
to the ACNA Diocese known as the Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC). More details about this Diocese can be found here:

The Diocesan Bishop of ANiC is the Rt Revd Charles Masters.

5. What liturgy will be used for the ordinations?

The exact liturgy has been agreed in consultation with Bishop Charles Masters, the Diocesan Bishop of ANiC. This satisfies the Canons of both
the ACNA and ANiC. It draws on liturgy mainly from the English Prayer Book and the ACNA Ordinal.

More details about the English Prayer Book can be found here:

6. Will the ordinands swear oaths?

Yes. During the service each ordinand will:

 Make the Declaration of Assent
 Swear an Oath of Canonical Obedience
 Swear an Oath of Conformity

The exact wording is as follows:
Bishop: The Anglican Network in Canada is part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church worshipping the one true God, Father, Son
and Holy Spirit. It professes the faith uniquely revealed in the Holy Scriptures and set forth in the catholic creeds, which faith the Church is
called upon to proclaim afresh in each generation. Led by the Holy Spirit, it bears witness to the Christian truth given to us in the historic
formularies of the Church of England, the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, The Book of Common Prayer (1662) and the Ordering of Bishops,
Priests and Deacons.

In the declaration you are about to make will you affirm your loyalty to this inheritance of faith as your inspiration and guidance under God in
bringing the grace and truth of Christ to this generation and making him known to those in your care?

Candidates: I do so affirm, and accordingly declare my belief in the faith which is revealed in the Holy Scriptures and set forth in the catholic
creeds and to which the historic formularies given to us by the Church of England bear witness; and in public prayer and administration of the
sacraments, I will use only the forms of service which are authorized or allowed by Canon.

Bishop: The Canons require that no one may be ordained a Deacon or Presbyter in the Church until such person has subscribed without
reservation to the Oath of Conformity. It is also required that each Ordinand subscribe without reservation to the Oath of Canonical Obedience.
In the presence of this congregation, I now charge you to make your solemn declaration of these oaths.

Candidates: I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God and to contain all things necessary to
salvation; and therefore I hold myself bound to conform my life and ministry thereto, and do solemnly engage to conform to the Doctrine,
Discipline and Worship of Christ as this Church has received them. And I do swear by Almighty God that I will pay true and
canonical obedience in all things lawful and honest to Bishop Andy Lines and his successors: So help me God.

7. Will those ordained have a licence?

Yes. The Diocesan Bishop of ANiC, Rt Revd Charles Master will issue a licence for each new deacon and presbyter. Each licence will state
that its holder will be under the episcopal supervision of Bishop Andy Lines.

8. If being made deacon, is the intention that they are ordained presbyter this time next year?

Some of the deacon ordinands could have been considered for ordination as presbyters already but in line with recognised Anglican practice
there will be a gap with further evaluation before presbyteral ordinations, normally a year later.

9. How many congregations/ministers are now under Bishop Andy’s oversight, informally or formally?

This is a growing number as a result of the Scottish Episcopal Church’s decision in June 2017 to change their Canons to permit same-sex
weddings in church.
10. How many congregations are now part of AMiE?

There are currently 10 AMiE congregations outside the central structures of the Church of England. There are a significant number of
congregations within the Church of England which are supporting AMiE.

11. How does AMiE decide where to plant churches?

We have a selection and support process for those who desire to plant an AMiE church. In short, we are looking for the right person in the right
place with the right plan.

For any queries please contact:

Revd Lee McMunn
Mission Director
Anglican Mission in England (AMiE)