We believe the local congregation is the primary missionary unit, and as such, we call them to multiply.
As a missionary society, we focus first and foremost on mission. Operating under a Constitution that orders our common life, oversight is provided by a College of Consultors which delegates authority to an Apostolic Vicar.
The Constitution for the Society is the fundamental governing document for its members. The Society is characterized by simplicity of structures and continuity of Anglican Order concerning the pattern of common life, which includes openness to entrepreneurial expression and creativity needed in various social, cultural and ecclesial contexts.
College of Consultors
The Anglican Mission receives and accepts oversight and accountability through a College of Consultors who serve as guardians and overseers, responsible for preserving the vision and direction of the Anglican Mission in accordance with the Constitution. The inaugural membership includes the founding Primates of the Anglican Mission, which was established in 2000 by the Primates of South East Asia and Rwanda. There are also members who are elected by the College.
The College of Consultors elects an Apostolic Vicar who has authority over the members of the Society. The norms for election for the Apostolic Vicar are provided for in the Statutes of the Society.
The Apostolic Vicar is the presiding ecclesiastical authority of the Society on behalf of the College of Consultors. He governs all spiritual, pastoral, and ecclesiastical matters of the Society.
The Apostolic Vicar may establish an Office of the Apostolic Vicar to which he may appoint clergy and laity to serve particular ministerial and administrative functions for the Society on his behalf. The primary function of the Office of the Apostolic Vicar is to be of assistance to the Apostolic Vicar in the governance, administration and canonical norms of the Society. This assistance is offered and extended to the society’s members as well.
Anglican Mission Conference of Bishops
The Conference of Missionary Bishops includes both active and retired bishops who provide ongoing wisdom and counsel for the Mission as a part of the work and of the Office of the Apostolic Vicar. Each bishop offers episcopal leadership in the specific areas of ministry assigned by the Apostolic Vicar based on the spiritual gifts, passions, and skills of each bishop. They also serve the founding purpose of the Mission by recognizing, recruiting, resourcing and releasing leaders for planting and serving churches in the Anglican tradition.
The Apostolic Vicar establishes an Office to which he appoints clergy and laity to serve particular ministerial and administrative functions of the Society on his behalf:
Provost [Chief of Staff]
The Provost is the chief assistant to the Apostolic Vicar overseeing the schedule, appointments and calendar of the Apostolic Vicar, and providing a wide variety of professional and coordinating support for his office.
The Apostolic Vicar appoints the Rector General who is responsible for the administration and supervision of the Anglican Mission. The Rector General is responsible for day-to-day operations, the administration of candidates for ordination and the process of church affiliation.
Episcopal Vicars are qualified priests or bishops appointed by the Apostolic Vicar to oversee a specific region or work of the Society. They assist the Apostolic Vicar in the exercise of his office and represent the Apostolic Vicar with delegated responsibilities given specifically to him.
Canons are appointed by the Apostolic Vicar in consultation with a jurisdictional bishop in covenant with the society. These clergy serve the Apostolic Vicar and the Society by attending to particular areas of the life and ministry of the church. These areas may include administration, pastoral planning, mission, canonical and ecclesiastical affairs, communications and worship within the life of the Society.