Anglicans do not operate in a vacuum. Anglicans and their churches are members of a larger collection of churches known as a diocese, and the diocese is a member of a province. This system of membership and church governance has its roots in early Christianity and provides an invaluable support and leadership structure
Covenant Anglican Church, San Marcos, TX, is our sending church. This is a church plant that is committed to planting missional Anglican churches in South Texas. They have sent us out with their support and blessing, and will remain closely involved with the mission in Uvalde. We share common missional goals only adjusting for geography and cultural context. We are honored to continue to do gospel alongside them. They are shining light in San Marcos, and are faithfully led by The Rev. Dr. Chris Richardson.
The International Diocese has been a diocese committed to being a home for displaced Episcopalian churches and congregations from the very beginning of the Anglican Church in North America. This missional diocese is led by The Rt. Rev. Dr. Bill Atwood. He has faithfully served the congregations of the International Diocese as bishop since its foundation. This diocese has a particular mission in the international affairs of the ACNA and Bishop Atwood current serves at the Internal Canon for the Province.
The ACNA unites 132,000 Anglican in 1,004 congregations across the United States, Canada, and Mexico into a single Church. On April 16, 2009 it was recognized as a province of the global Anglican Communion, by the Primates of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans. It is faithfully led by The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach, Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America. Anglicans represent the third largest Christian denomination in the world at over 80,000,000 members.