Leadership Development

Shaping Christ-Like Leaders

Our growth, our cultural engagement, and the vitality of our churches – all of this depends on authentic, Christ-centered leadership. Therefore, we nurture and develop leaders with great intentionality.

Many of our leaders came to Anglicanism from a wide variety of backgrounds and traditions because they were convinced that the various streams of the historical Church – including the catholic, reformed, and evangelical – could be fully expressed in missional, orthodox ways through the Anglican tradition. This Anglican identity provides a common core to our life together, even as it expresses itself with different emphases and styles from one parish to another.

We believe our unity and diversity is a great strength, and this is maintained with a notable spirit of friendship and collaboration. Our leaders and churches enjoy each other and see themselves as part of a common mission. By God’s grace the Diocese of Christ Our Hope plants a variety of new churches every year, and many of these churches are planted as a collaborative effort across multiple churches in the diocese.

This missional focus, along with an ethos of generosity and a concern for nurturing “pastor-theologians”, means that we seek to proactively welcome people from a wide range of backgrounds who are called to Anglicanism. In particular, we are attentive to men and women who God might be calling to ordained ministry, whether as deacons or priests.


Ordination & Credentialing

We seek to nurture, support, and equip those who are called to ordained ministry, and we have a thoughtful, supportive system to guide ordinands through that process. On average, the Diocese of Christ Our Hope has approximately 50 or so men and women going through the ordination process at any one time. To have this many leaders pursing Holy Orders is a great delight, and it is a stewardship in Christ’s church that we take very seriously.

We also welcome leaders from other denominations who are considering ministry in the Anglican tradition.

The Bishop of the Diocese of Christ Our Hope may receive the transfer of duly ordained clergy from another ACNA diocese, or receive the orders of clergy from another Anglican jurisdiction. Upon examination of orders, he may also receive ministers who were ordained in historic succession, but are not currently resident in an Anglican jurisdiction. 

Ordination Pathway


Credentialing Guide


Curacies are a vital means of forming Anglican priests as missional church planters and rectors. Curacies are typically three-year positions in healthy churches with a successful track record in developing emerging leaders. These churches are often located in center city, university town, or suburban settings.

Practical Training

Curacies provide practical training and mentorship within the context of the local church — in an apprenticeship model — in which the curate serves as a member of the clergy and staff teams, as well as the vestry or parish council.

Variety of Experience

Curates are typically trained to be generalists. While large churches tend to have more specialized ministries and staff, most churches are of a size in which their clergy have to be generalists. This is especially true of those who will be church planters.


Our curacy program is a leadership development pipeline. Those called to plant a church normally begin the assessment and training process during their third year. Others may be called to positions of senior leadership and will be supported throughout that process, as well.

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