THE ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF THE WEST
CHURCH OF NIGERIA
NORTH AMERICAN MISSION (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
We are a fellowship of Christian believers whose mission is to make disciples of all nations by preaching the Biblical Gospel, teaching God’s Word faithfully, and supporting one another in the mission and ministry of the Church to the glory of God alone.
TRINITARIAN – We are focused on our Triune God, relying on Him, walking in wholehearted devotion to Him, knowing Him, delighting in Him, and enjoying Him forever. Exalting and proclaiming Him, we depend on Him for the integrity of our Christian lives, witness, and ministry.
CHRIST-CENTERED – Christians are accounted righteous before God only by the merit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (perfect God and perfect Man) and through faith in Him – not through any works or deserving. The Christian belief system is grounded in those formational historical events of the incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Christ.
BIBLICAL – The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the inspired Word of God and our primary authority for faith and morals. We are Bible-driven and, hence, committed to expounding the Bible with Biblical delight, wholeheartedly walking in the way of God’s Word, and continually preaching it to ourselves and to others. We desire to do everything in a Biblical manner and through Biblical means. We are called to lives of holiness, faithfulness, and obedience to God’s Word.
HISTORIC ANGLICANISM – We trace our identity to the 16th century English Reformation that valued the Apostolic faith expressed in Holy Scripture, summarized in the Creeds, celebrated in the dominical Sacraments, and preserved by the traditional Anglican formularies.
MISSIONARY – We will equip Anglican Christians to live as beacons of hope and light in their workplaces, neighborhoods, and families, and to plant new churches with special focus on extending the love of God to growing ethnic populations. We are Gospel-motivated and eager to organize our lives and ministries around Jesus’s mission, proclaiming the objective Biblical Gospel of Jesus Christ to non-Christians for their conversion, and proclaiming the objective Biblical Gospel of Jesus Christ to Christians for their growth. We will make “disciple-making” disciples of Jesus.
LOCAL CONGREGATIONS – The primary venue for living and sharing the Christian life is the local congregation. The local congregation, therefore, must be committed to the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. The function of the Diocese is to provide direction, support, and encouragement to local congregations, discern opportunities for new churches, and ensure that God’s Word is faithfully preached, practiced, and taught. It is also the godly responsibility of local congregations to connect and share resources with other congregations, and to support the Diocese.
GENEROSITY – In our shared commitment to strengthen Christian witness, our Anglican identity, episcopal bonds, and presence in the world, each parishioner and each local congregation is encouraged (indeed, exhorted!) to give generously, joyfully, and sacrificially, with the understanding that everything we have is a gift from God.