Young Anglicans serves the Anglican Church in North America, working to make effective Christ-centered ministry to teenagers thrive in every diocese and every congregation. In general, by the grace of God, we are in a time of expansion, with programs growing every year and new initiatives starting regularly. God has amply blessed Young Anglicans and the ministry that we are involved in, and we remain very grateful to Him and to the leadership of the ACNA for the opportunity to serve our Church and our churches’ adolescents.
In 2017, we:
- Served 200 youth and their leaders at the Provincial Youth Gathering in Wheaton, IL.
- Sponsored our second Diocesan Youth Coordinator Training conference with representatives from fourteen dioceses
- Had the largest meeting of ACNA youth leaders ever when 35 of us met in Dallas for the National ACNA Youth Leaders conference.
Visit our homepage for information on each of these events, but here is a summary of future plans:
National Anglican Youth Minister Gathering Our annual Anglican youth workers conference will be in Nashville, (October 3-6), for 3 full days of networking, teaching, prayer, conversation and planning. This years special guest will be Archbishop Foley Beach, a former youth minister. Afterwards, we will attend the Rooted Youth Ministry conference together.
ySummit: Washington DC March For Life Youth Event Next January we will co-sponsor (with Anglicans for Life, Anglican Global Mission Partners, and the Dioceses of the Mid-Atlantic, New England, Midwest Anglicans, and REC Northeast and Mid-Atlantic), a youth conference in conjunction with the Washington, DC March for Life.
Provincial Youth Gathering in 2019 We are already working on the Provincial Youth Gathering scheduled to take place in Plano in June of 2019. This will take place in conjunction with the Provincial Assembly and will immediately proceed a five day youth mission trip in the Dallas area.
Partnership with Campus Ministry Link One of the major challenges to our graduating high school seniors is the huge percentage that turn away from their faith as they head off to college. Recent research has found that the main reason for the decline of college students’ faithfulness is that they don’t connect to churches and Christian ministries on their campuses. Campus Ministry Link has put together a web accessible database of Christian ministries, (including Anglican Ministries) at every campus in the US, that allows incoming students, and their parents, pastors and youth leaders to research on-campus ministries and actually contact the ministry leadership. Young Anglicans has formed a partnership with Campus Ministry Link and is working to promote access by every graduating high school senior in the ACNA.
In addition we are working to train, network and resource youth leaders, and advocating for ministry to adolescents at the congregational, diocesan and provincial level through programs like: The “Engage” initiative (provides a model for youth ministry that is tuned to small churches and church plants), our youth ministry training webinars and podcasts, and the 2018 launch of seven regional youth ministry networking calls.
Young Anglicans understand Orthodox Anglicanism as follows:
- We rejoice in the gospel of God through which we have been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Because God first loved us, we love him and as believers bring forth fruits of love, ongoing repentance, lively hope and thanksgiving to God in all things.
- We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God written and to contain all things necessary for salvation. The Bible is to be translated, read, preached, taught and obeyed in its plain and canonical sense, respectful of the church’s historic and consensual reading.
- We uphold the four Ecumenical Councils and the three historic Creeds as expressing the rule of faith of the one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
- We uphold the Thirty-nine Articles as containing the true doctrine of the Church agreeing with God’s Word and as authoritative for Anglicans today.
- We gladly proclaim and submit to the unique and universal Lordship of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, humanity’s only Saviour from sin, judgement and hell, who lived the life we could not live and died the death that we deserve. By his atoning death and glorious resurrection, he secured the redemption of all who come to him in repentance and faith.
- We rejoice in our Anglican sacramental and liturgical heritage as an expression of the gospel, and we uphold the 1662 Book of Common Prayer as a true and authoritative standard of worship and prayer, to be translated and locally adapted for each culture.
- We recognise that God has called and gifted bishops, priests and deacons in historic succession to equip all the people of God for their ministry in the world. We uphold the classic Anglican Ordinal as an authoritative standard of clerical orders.
- We acknowledge God’s creation of humankind as male and female and the unchangeable standard of Christian marriage between one man and one woman as the proper place for sexual intimacy and the basis of the family. We repent of our failures to maintain this standard and call for a renewed commitment to lifelong fidelity in marriage and abstinence for those who are not married.
- We gladly accept the Great Commission of the risen Lord to make disciples of all nations, to seek those who do not know Christ and to baptise, teach and bring new believers to maturity.
- We are mindful of our responsibility to be good stewards of God’s creation, to uphold and advocate justice in society, and to seek relief and empowerment of the poor and needy.
- We are committed to the unity of all those who know and love Christ and to building authentic ecumenical relationships. We recognise the orders and jurisdiction of those Anglicans who uphold orthodox faith and practice, and we encourage them to join us in this declaration.
- We celebrate the God-given diversity among us which enriches our global fellowship, and we acknowledge freedom in secondary matters. We pledge to work together to seek the mind of Christ on issues that divide us.
- We reject the authority of those churches and leaders who have denied the orthodox faith in word or deed. We pray for them and call on them to repent and return to the Lord.
- We rejoice at the prospect of Jesus’ coming again in glory, and while we await this final event of history, we praise him for the way he builds up his church through his Spirit by miraculously changing lives.
The Jerusalem Declaration (2008)
Core Values: We strive for exceptional youth ministry in all Anglican churches in North America and believe the following components are vital.
- We believe in living out an authentic faith as we seek to be transformed daily by God. Leaders must seek to exemplify the truth of Christ personally in a transparent and meaningful way for adolescents to see and catch.
- We believe God’s Word is Truth. The authority and truth of the Holy Scriptures will guide our ministries: Scripture proclaims all that is necessary for salvation, health and life in Christ (Articles of Religion, VI).
- We believe in discipleship as a process whereby we make disciples who make disciples. We will engage in a process of training and teaching others to live out an active personal and communal life in Christ practicing grace and truth according to the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20).
- We believe in faith lived in community through relationships. Relationships in community are the core of discipleship as we live and grow together towards whole and healthy spiritual transformation into Christlikeness (Col. 1:28).
- We believe effective Anglican youth ministry is accomplished through engagement with and through the whole church body. Each family and extended church community must actively contribute to the process and outcome of ministry to teenagers. Healthy ministry to teenagers is integrated into the life of the church.
- We believe in being distinctly Anglican. Catechesis leads us to be intentionally liturgical, historical, sacramental, and missional so that our young people are grounded in the faith once delivered (Jude 1:3).
- We believe in ministry to teenagers that transforms every aspect of their lives (intellectual, emotional, relational, physical, and spiritual) and challenges them to engage the world in a way that glorifies God. Students will be encouraged to use their spiritual gifts to administer God’s grace.
Therefore we believe that youth ministry must be committed to:
Proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ… frequently, clearly, and without assumptions. The gospel is not simply the means of salvation, it is the truth that transforms our lives.
Engaging students in scripture… because God reveals himself through his word and informs us on matters of salvation, the Christian life, and ministry.
The local church… students must be integrated into the life of the church and not become a parachurch ministry. Youth Ministries should reflect the Anglican ethos of our churches.
Building healthy relationships… students must learn how to be the church and experience intergenerational dynamics. Youth leaders must learn to love and care for students without infringing on parents or peer relationships.
Reproducing leaders… youth ministry must be shared in the congregation, engaging as many as possible in this ministry. Students need to be offered training and opportunities to develop leadership gifts in the church.