The mission of the CHARLES SIMEON INSTITUTE is to “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” [Ephesians 4.12]
Further, the mission of the INSTITUTE is to form and to nurture ordained and lay leaders for the Anglican Church in North America [ACNA].
We fulfill this mission by providing:
• Internships for seminary students, which allow them to experience parish ministry,
• Theological education, which prepares students for ordination in the ACNA, and
• Continuing education for laypersons.
The CHARLES SIMEON INSTITUTE is a mission of St. Peter’s Anglican Church. While based at St. Peter’s, the INSTITUTE focuses on the wider ACNA and its future health and vitality.
Charles Simeon [1759 – 1836] was a priest in the Church of England and served as Vicar of Holy Trinity Church in Cambridge, from 1783 – 1836. Over the course of his long ministry, Simeon undertook an extensive and influential ministry among Cambridge University students. As a result of his ministry, many young men sought ordination in the Church of England. Simeon also worked to support and guide newly ordained clergy, as they began their ministry.
The CHARLES SIMEON INSTITUTE fulfills its mission through the following programs:
The INSTITUTE currently awards a Charles Simeon Fellowship to four seminarians. Each fellowship enables a seminarian to undertake a ten-week summer internship at St. Peter’s Anglican Church.
Over the course of the summer, each fellow works with a priest/supervisor, as well as with a Lay Mentoring Committee. Each fellow is involved in every aspect of parish ministry [teaching, preaching, pastoral care, liturgy, etc.] and also participates in a formation program.
The INSTITUTE currently awards a Charles Simeon Fellowship to one recent seminary graduate, for the purpose of undertaking a yearlong curacy at St. Peter’s Anglican Church. The purpose of this program is to help seminary graduates to make a smooth transition from seminary to parish ministry.
Over the course of the year, the curate works closely with a priest/supervisor. The curate is involved in every aspect of parish ministry and also participates in a formation program.
Seminarians who receive a Charles Simeon Fellowship and who decide to seek ordination in the ACNA are eligible to receive additional support, if they choose to begin the process for discernment for holy orders within the Gulf Atlantic Diocese.
This process begins with a Parish Discernment Committee and continues with a candidate seeking postulancy from the Ordination Preparation Team of the diocese.
The Charles Simeon Lay School of Theology offers seminary-quality classes to laypersons. The Lay School of Theology specifically designs the class offerings for laypersons, who wish to deepen their faith but who do not wish to pursue a degree. The classes typically meet on Saturday mornings.
The Charles Simeon House of Studies offers a theological education to those seeking ordination in the ACNA. The House of Studies offers classes in the areas of theology, Scripture, spiritual formation, worship, pastoral leadership, evangelism, mission, and church planting. Students enrolled in the House of Studies also work with mentors in the areas of spiritual formation and pastoral ministry.