The Institute of Anglican Studies serves the Anglican Communion and broader Christian church by providing education in the history, theology and worship of the Anglican tradition.

The worship and doctrine of Anglican Christianity are saturated with and anchored in Holy Scripture, grounded in the confession of the Holy Trinity as expressed in the ancient creeds, and rooted in the theology of the Reformation. A historically and globally expansive tradition, the “formularies” of the Reformation era—the Book of Common Prayer, the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion, the Book of Homilies, and the Ordinal—give shape to a communion that prays, professes and proclaims what the prayerbook calls “the comfortable words.”

The Certificate of Anglican Studies educates women and men preparing for ordination as well as those already engaged in ministry. Offering courses in the history, theology and worship of the Anglican tradition, the certificate also includes regular morning and evening prayer, community lunches, ministry seminars and theology conferences. The certificate is awarded in conjunction with the Master of Divinity or to those already in possession of the degree, upon completion of the following requirements:

  • Anglican History and Doctrine*
  • Anglican Worship and Sacraments*
  • Supervised Ministry Practicum in an Anglican Context
  • Weekly Morning and Evening Prayer
  • Monthly Anglican Lunches
  • Regular ministry seminars and theological colloquia and conferences

For more information, please contact Dr. Jonathan Linebaugh, the Anglican Chair of Divinity (jlinebau@samford.edu). 

* For students pursuing the certificate in Anglican studies, Anglican History and Doctrine satisfies the required M.Div. course, DVET 701 Doctrine and Ethics and Anglican Worship and Sacraments satisfies the required M.Div. course, DVHD 606 Ecclesiology and Worship.