Magazine article Anglican Journal

What It Means to Be a Priest

Magazine article Anglican Journal

What It Means to Be a Priest

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The Anglican Church of Canada is a national body that has never had national guidelines describing its expectations of clergy That's about to change, however, thanks to a far-reaching new document called Competencies for Ordination to the Priesthood in the Anglican Church of Canada.

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Arising out of General Synod 2010, this document will be an important measuring stick for discerning vocation for the priesthood and supporting ordained clergy in lifelong learning. "This is the church saying to the church what we expect of one who is to be ordained and those who are living out their ordained ministries," says the Rev. Dr. Eileen Scully, director and co-ordinator for Faith, Worship and Ministry. Scully stresses, however, that the document is "neither a curriculum for theological schools nor a checklist for ordination."

The broad scope of priestly proficiencies covers five core categories: personal and spiritual formation; Christian heritage and Anglican identity; cultural and social context; capacity for leadership; and skills for teaching and learning. …

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