We believe the gospel of Jesus Christ is good news about new life and new creation. It is the announcement that Jesus was raised from the dead and through faith in Him, our lives, our families, our community and our city will be reconciled and renewed. The Apostle Paul writes, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” God is renewing all things through Jesus Christ, and we are committed to this Gospel renewal.
Since the kingdom is the renewal of all things under God’s loving rule, St. Francis Cathedral is also committed to serving her neighbors in word and deed. As the Apostle Paul states, our church is both an ambassador and servant. Therefore, we believe the gospel is good news that must be proclaimed in word while demonstrated in service. After all, the gospel is the good news of Christ’s renewal project both within us and in His world. We are committed to proclaiming Jesus Christ and seeking to love and serve El Paso.
Anglicanism is a particular Christian tradition born out of the Protestant Reformation in England (16th century). As Anglicans, we value our place in a global communion of churches, our rich history of faith and practice, and a deep commitment to the authority of Scripture and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (More about Anglicanism)
The word Anglican actually means “of England.” As British Christians, compelled by the word of God and the Holy Spirit, took their faith around the world, churches were established on every continent and in many nations. British pastoral leaders encouraged autonomy and collegiality with these daughter churches, and over time, separate “provinces” of the Anglican Church were established around the world. Today, this communion of churches now consists of 38 self-governing provinces around the world, in 164 countries, with tens of millions of members. In many places, particularly throughout the Global South, the churches of the Anglican Communion are known for their vibrant faith in God and transformational presence within their communities. St. Francis is in the Diocese of the West in The Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA). We are also part of both The Anglican Church of Nigeria and the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). St. Francis is committed to developing these global friendships and partnerships within the Anglican Communion.
While we value our global and historical tradition, we are also committed to being an active part of the larger Kingdom community in the City of El Paso. St. Francis embraces those basic beliefs and practices that all Christians have held in all places and at all times. Though we locate ourselves firmly within the more specific Reformed tradition of the Anglican Communion, we are most devoted to those beliefs which define Christians as Christians (i.e., the Authority of Scripture and the Historic Creeds). We are committed to a local expression of the unity of the body of Christ across socio-economic, racial and denominational lines and to building partnerships with other local churches and ministries that proclaim Jesus as Savior and Lord. We will find ways to pursue the unity of Christ’s church and will partner with churches from other traditions located within our city as often and as fully as possible.
We are committed to the worship of God that combines an appreciation for the richness of the church’s liturgical heritage with a vibrancy that is refreshing, avoiding both uncomfortable novelty and stuffy traditionalism. We are devoted to the preaching of God’s Word and to the sacraments of Baptism and Communion as the means of grace for God’s people.
-William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury (1942–1944)