In the sense in which we are using the word in the Diocese of Christ Our Hope (DCH), curacy is the phase of parish-based training newly (or soon-to-be) ordained deacons and priests. Curacy follows academic theological training at a college or seminary. 

WHAT IS CURACY?

VISION FOR CURACY 

  • Curacies are a vital means of forming Anglican priests as missional church

    planters and rectors.

  • Curacies are critical to the mission and expansion of the diocese.

  • Curacies will be established in healthy (often) small churches in center city,

    university town, and suburban settings.

  • 36-month curacies provide practical training and mentorship within the context

    of the local church—in an apprenticeship model— as the curate serves as a

    member of the clergy and staff teams, as well as of the vestry or parish council.

  • Curates will be trained as generalists. Large churches (of which we have few)

    tend to have specialized ministries and staff, but small church clergy have to be generalists. Church planters, like rectors of small parishes, need to be generalists.

  • Normally during the third year of the curacy, curates called to church panting develop a church planting plan. Then at the conclusion of the curacy, the curate is sent out to execute the church planting plan. Thus, the program is a leadership development pipeline for Anglican church planting, and a model for similar programs.

  • At the core of this model is a desire to see curates develop ministry skills as well as a spirituality adequate the ministry. 

THE IDEAL CURACY CANDIDATE

 

  • Loves God, has a robust devotional life, takes prayer seriously, and has a heart

    for worship, including worship in the Prayer Book tradition.

  • Loves God’s Word, studies it carefully, and is comfortable both preaching and

    teaching.

  • Is an ordained Anglican deacon or priest, or is imminently ordainable through the Diocese of Christ Our Hope. 

  • Loves God’s people, and is interested in parish ministry and church planting.

  • Loves unreached, disconnected and marginalized people and has a passion for

    evangelism, discipleship, and mission.

  • Has earned a graduate theological degree and is committed to Anglican

    doctrine as confessed in the Articles of Religion and the Jerusalem Declaration.

  • Can give thoughtful answers to thoughtful questions.

  • Is meek, warm, hospitable, flexible, and loyal.

  • Is a confident self-starter who can work fairly independently.

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QUESTIONS?

OFFICE OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT STAFF: 

The Rev'd Canon Art Going, Canon for Leadership Development: agoing@adhope.org
 
The Rev'd Canon David Hyman, Canon for Clergy Care: dhyman@adhope.org
 
The Rev'd Canon Ben Bowman, Canon to the Ordinary, Operations: bbowman@adhope.org

OUR MISSION

The Diocese of Christ our Hope’s mission is to plant, equip, and multiply disciple-making Anglican churches, and to support and serve their people and leaders in Christian life and mission.

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