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Anglican Witness: Evangelism and church growth initiative of the Anglican Communion


A closer look at Anglicanism and how it is structured

Anglican Communion

The Anglican Communion is a global network of churches that originated with the Church of England. The Church of England was the first Anglican Church.

Anglican Churches, provinces and dioceses

There is no single worldwide ‘Anglican Church’, rather there is a self-governing Anglican Church for every province – a province is often a single country, but can be a group of countries. For example, the Anglican Church of Korea covers Korea only; the Anglican Church of Central Africa covers Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Each province is divided into dioceses. For example, there are 43 dioceses in the Church of England (Diocese of Manchester, Diocese of Lincoln, etc). Each province is headed up by an archbishop (though the exact title may vary); each diocese is headed up by a bishop.

Anglicans worldwide

There are currently an estimated 80 million Anglicans in 44 Anglican Churches around the world.

The Anglican Communion is the third largest Christian communion in the world, after the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Churches.

The four Instruments of Communion

The Anglican Communion is given focus and direction by what are called the four ‘Instruments of Communion’. These instruments are:



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Sierra Leone

The Anglican Church in Sierra Leone is developing a strategy to support communities.


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