Episcopal Missionary Church

Episcopal Missionary Church

Infobox Christian denomination
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caption = Defend the Historic Faith
main_classification = Protestant
orientation = Anglo-Catholic
polity = Episcopal
founder = A. Donald Davies
founded_date = 1992
founded_place =
separated_from = Episcopal Church in the United States of America
parent =
merger =
separations = Christian Episcopal Church
associations = Federation of Anglican Churches in the Americas
area = United States
congregations = approximately 30
members =
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Continuing AnglicanThe Episcopal Missionary Church (EMC) is a Continuing Anglican church body in the United States and a member of the Federation of Anglican Churches in the Americas. Its founding in the early 1990s can be traced to the protests of members of The Episcopal Church in the United States of America (ECUSA) who were concerned that their church had become massively influenced by secular humanism (i.e., liberal theologies). At first, these clergy and laypersons sought to change the direction of their church by working from within it, to which end they formed a voluntary association, the "Episcopal Synod of America."

When they later concluded that this approach would not succeed, a new missionary diocese was formed by them, still attempting to remain within ECUSA. In 1992, however, the missionary diocese withdrew from ECUSA and formed a separate church, the Episcopal Missionary Church. The Rt. Rev. A. Donald Davies, retired ECUSA Bishop of Dallas and Fort Worth, was named the first Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Missionary Church.

The Episcopal Missionary Church affirms the Holy Scriptures as containing all things necessary to salvation and as the ultimate rule and standard of faith. The Church acknowledges the Nicene and Apostles' Creeds and the necessity of the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. It uses the 1928 American edition of the Book of Common Prayer or the Anglican Missal based upon it, and emphasizes the preservation of Apostolic Succession. While generally Anglo-Catholic in orientation, the Episcopal Missionary Church embraces Evangelical Anglicans as well.

The name Episcopal "Missionary" Church was selected as part of the Church's desire to provide a home for all Episcopalians and other Christians who feel that they have been forced from their churches by the growth of liberalism within them. At present, the Episcopal Missionary Church has approximately thirty parishes throughout the U.S. The current presiding bishop is the Rt. Rev. William Millsaps, a former chaplain of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. The other bishops of the Episcopal Missionary Church are the Rt. Rev. G. Wayne Craig (Ret.), the Right Rev. Lucien Lindsey, the Right Rev. Edward P. Whately (Ret.) and the Right Rev. Council Nedd II.

External links

* [http://www.emchome.org Episcopal Missionary Church]
* [http://www.anglicanfederation.org Federation of Anglican Churches in the Americas]
* [http://www.docanglican.org Diocese of the Chesapeake & Northeast]
* [http://www.holycrossanglican.org Holy Cross Anglican Church, Franklin TN]

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