Who We Are
Christ Anglican Church is a member of the worldwide, 79 million member strong, Anglican Communion and the Anglican Church of North America. Christ Church was established in 2003 to fill a void in the Highlands/Cashiers, NC area for a faithful place to continue the Christian Journey in the Anglican tradition. Because of growth in our beautiful NC mountain area, and more people accepting our invitation to join our Christian family odyssey, we have purchased and renovated a property in Cashiers for God’s kingdom purposes. Newly dedicated in 2016 and continuing to grow, we work, pray, and plan for the future of God’s kingdom.
Our mission is Jesus’ very own, to invite all the world along on this saving journey, to build our faith and to go out in Christ’s love. Our motto points the way: A House of Prayer for All Nations. We go forth to put into practice his Word, to share the Good News, to teach, to worship, to pray and to minister with the confidence that God’s presence is with us— all while following in the orthodox and faithful traditions handed down to us from Jesus himself.
Our vision comes directly from our mission and from the earliest Christian traditions. In the first century the church grew because it came together to study Jesus’ life as it was shared with them and as they themselves had experienced it. Further, they came together for common worship, fellowship, and prayer so that they might find inner strength and purpose for their journey. Finally, they directed their attention outward to invite others to join them and to minister in their newfound love, in the power of the Holy Spirit. We, the family of Christ Anglican, envision ourselves as a growing faith community brought together by the love of God, sustained by his Word, and empowered by his Spirit. All of this we do together in an effort to reach our full potential for the benefit of his kingdom, our neighbors, and ourselves.
What We Believe
JESUS SAID: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
WE BELIEVE AND CONFESS Jesus Christ to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no one comes to the Father but by Him. Therefore, the Anglican Church in North America identifies the following seven elements as characteristic of the Anglican Way, and essential for membership:
WE CONFESS the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired Word of God, containing all things necessary for salvation, and to be the final authority and unchangeable standard for Christian faith and life.
WE CONFESS Baptism and the Supper of the Lord to be Sacraments ordained by Christ Himself in the Gospel, and thus to be ministered with unfailing use of His words of institution and of the elements ordained by Him.
WE CONFESS the godly historic Episcopate as an inherent part of the apostolic faith and practice, and therefore as integral to the fullness and unity of the Body of Christ.
WE CONFESS as proved by most certain warrants of Holy Scripture the historic faith of the undivided church as declared in the three Catholic Creeds: the Apostles’, the Nicene, and the Athanasian.
Concerning the seven Councils of the undivided Church, WE AFFIRM the teaching of the first four Councils and the Christological clarifications of the fifth, sixth, and seventh Councils, in so far as they are agreeable to the Holy Scriptures.
WE RECEIVE The Book of Common Prayer as set forth by the Church of England in 1662, together with the Ordinal attached to the same, as a standard for Anglican doctrine and discipline, and, with the Books which preceded it, as the standard for the Anglican tradition of worship.
WE RECEIVE the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of 1571, taken in their literal and grammatical sense, as expressing the Anglican response to certain doctrinal issues controverted at that time, and as expressing the fundamental principles of authentic Anglican belief.
In all these things, the Anglican Church in North American is determined by the help of God to hold and maintain, as the Anglican Way has received them, the doctrine, discipline and worship of Jesus Christ.