THREE STREAMS OF ANGLICANISM
St. Andrews grew out of a longing for an Anglican presence in northern Michigan that honored the "three streams" of Anglicanism. Those three streams are Sacramental, Evangelical, and Charismatic.
We are Sacramental because we believe in the real presence of Christ in the sacraments. Therefore, we emphasize the liturgical and majestic worship of the ancient church.
We are Evangelical because we proclaim the Lordship of Jesus Christ and place emphasis on understanding the personal relationship a believer can have with Jesus. We look to the Bible as the primary source of God's revelation to us and celebrate His presence in the Word.
The Charismatic stream is the third element. We understand the power of the Holy Spirit's presence to draw us into a relationship with Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit equips the church with gifts to undertake the ministry to others. We seek out the Holy Spirit to equip each member with His life-sustaining presence.
Celtic Christianity has been incorporated at St. Andrews, as this has been adopted diocese-wide. After reflection, prayer, and teaching, it was determined that Celtic Christian practices were an important way to live out our Christian faith. Those practices include daily prayer, an emphasis on relationships, and an active attempt to experience the Trinity in prayer and daily life. It also affects our worship, and view of relational evangelism and celebrates the closeness of God in our lives.