Anglican Identity

Before you start ministering within a denomination you want to have confidence it is the structure from which you want to work. This subject is designed to help students see why Anglicanism is not just a ‘good boat to fish from’, but an enriching environment from which to minister, grow and learn.

This subject looks at the basis of Anglicanism, how it works in practice and what is distinctive about ministry and mission in the Anglican church. Learning from someone who has been involved with the Anglican church at a number of levels for two decades, students will come to appreciate the structure of the denomination, its theological basis, and the flexibility it offers.

As well as learning from the history and tradition of Anglicanism, this half-subject assesses current expressions of Anglicanism and global issues facing the Anglican Church. It seeks to encourage students to appreciate the legacy of the Church as well as see the possibilities and how they can help shape its future.

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Subject Details

 Mode On Campus Online
Workload One semester, 6 credit points One semester, 6 credit points
Status Anglican ordination requirement Anglican ordination requirement
Subject Code CH016 (also available as PC088) CH016 (also available as PC088)
Prerequisites 48 credit points of foundational studies 48 credit points of foundational studies
Teacher Rhys Bezzant Rhys Bezzant


This subject is worth 6 credit points, which is half of a standard subject. Students often pair this subject with PC085 The Anglican Prayer Book.


  1. Gospel and Parish: Foundations of Anglican Identity
  2. Theology: Centre of Anglican Identity
  3. Liturgy: Expression of Anglican Identity
  4. Authority: Defence of Anglican Identity
  5. Spirituality: Experience of Anglican Identity
  6. Missiology: Purpose of Anglican Identity

Study Expectations
You should expect to spend around 5–6 hours a week on this intermediate half-subject, including class or online learning and completing assessment. Students will need to arrange to visit and observe at least one Anglican service during the semester (not their own congregation).


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