Anglicans are the third largest family of Christian believers in the world. We are best described by the Latin term "via media" meaning the middle way. Our historic faith practices reach back to the early Christian Church and include the shaping of the Protestant Reformation.
All Anglicans hold four core beliefs that unite us:
1. The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, the 66 books of the Bible, "Contain all things necessary for salvation" as being the rule and ultimate standard of faith.
2. The Apostles' and Nicene Creeds are sufficient statements of faith and accurately represent the teaching of the Apostles and early church.
3. The two sacraments ordained by Christ himself are Baptism and Holy Communion.
A sacrament is "a visible sign of an invisible grace that nourishes faith."
4. The ministry of the succession of the historic Bishop (Greek NT word "eipsicpos" meaning "overseer") as a pastor of larger area churches and for the ordination of clergy.