(Glenn Packiam) Why I’m Becoming an Anglican Priest…at New Life Church

Posted by Kendall Harmon

1. Is new life downtown becoming an Anglican Church?
No. New Life Downtown is a parish of New Life Church. Your giving goes 100% to New Life Church. I am “sent” as an Anglican priest to serve New Life Church. As such, I continue to be under Pastor Brady’s covering and authority, along with the elders of New Life Church. While New Life Downtown does not come under any Anglican authority, I personally hold a “dual citizenship” of sorts, with Bishop Ken Ross as my covering in the Anglican world.

2. What do Anglicans believe?
Anglican theology is, to put it simply, Protestant theology. Their central document is the Bible -- they are committed to the Bible as the Word of God -- it is God breathed and it is the truth by which we order our lives. They also believe that Jesus is the unique Son of God -- that salvation is found only in His sacrificial death and resurrection. This faith in what the Bible reveals is summed up in the historic statements of belief such as the 39 Articles and the Nicene Creed.

Because Anglicanism is not a denomination with a solitary authority figure—it is a communion of bishops—the diversity within Anglicanism worldwide is rich and varied. The majority of Anglicans are in the global south—in Africa and Asia— where Christian orthodoxy and missionary zeal are combined in ways reminiscent of the early church. The majority of them are Evangelicals who affirm the authority of Scripture and embrace the work of the Holy Spirit.

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Posted March 3, 2014 at 1:37 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Dan Crawford wrote:

If anything goes in ACNA ... why should folks be upset at Nashotah inviting Mrs. Schori to preach?

March 3, 7:38 pm | [comment link]
2. SC blu cat lady wrote:

Dan,
If you read the comments you would find this from Glenn describing his education. Hardly anything goes….

I’m sure it’s not my place to quibble with you about PEARUSA and education standards, but I thought you might be interested in knowing that I am a doctoral student in theology and ministry at St. John’s College at Durham University in the UK, with the majority of my classes being held in Cranmer Hall. All this is in addition to an undergrad in Theological/Historical, a Masters in Management, and 2 1/2 years at Fuller Theological Seminary. It may not be the educational credentials you were hoping for, but it certainly isn’t what I or many others would consider “lacking” in theological education.

  - See more at: http://glennpackiam.typepad.com/my_weblog/2014/03/why-im-becoming-an-anglican-priest.html#sthash.nr36Jlx1.dpuf

March 3, 7:50 pm | [comment link]
3. wyclif wrote:

I’m curious about the repeated use of the word “covering.” It sounds a bit eccentric and jarring. It seems that by “covering” he means under authority or affiliation. So why not simply say that? Why not just say “I am affiliated with _____.”?

March 4, 12:31 am | [comment link]
4. Robert Atkins wrote:

SC b c l: Thanks for pointing out what Glenn wrote…

I’m a Castleman myself, but I think my many St John’s friends would be amused to lean that Cranmer Hall was not a “residential Anglican community”!

Glenn’s detractors might also appreciate this quote:

Cranmer Hall is one of the Church of England’s brightest jewels. It combines a fresh sense of twenty-first century mission and ministry with unmatched historic roots. It draws on a world-class Theology Faculty while offering training experience in some of the country’s most needy areas.
Rt Revd NT Wright, Bishop of Durham, 2003-2010

March 4, 4:17 am | [comment link]
5. MichaelA wrote:

I don’t know the background to this, but it is not clear to me from the article why Dan Crawford at #1 would write that “anything goes in ACNA”?

It appears that Deacon Glenn is going through Anglican ordination with a (well) recognised theological college.  It also appears that he is under the oversight of and being sponsored by +Ross of PearUSA, which is a jurisdiction of ACNA. 

What is unusual is that it is apparently intended that he serve at the non-denominational Charismatic Church - I don’t understand why that church would want to have an Anglican priest there.  Yet the head pastor of the church seems happy with the idea.  And it is equally clear that his bishop is happy with it - I suppose if Bishop Ross wants to send a priest on a particular ministry then he is entitled to do so!

March 4, 7:18 am | [comment link]
6. samh wrote:

#3 - “Covering” is a term I hear quite a bit in non-denom churches, particularly charismatic ones.
#5 - they are excited to “have” Glenn because he has been at New Life for a while now.

I only “know” him from his music, blog, books and Twitter but this seems like a good thing.

March 4, 7:32 am | [comment link]
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