Post and Courier Article on the Diocese of the Carolinas, St. Andrew’s, and My Ordination

August 19, 2012

I thought Adam Parker did a nice job with this article in (tomorrow’s) Sunday’s paper.

steve wood diocese of the carolinas diocese of south carolina st andrew's anglican church north americaThe Rev. Steve Wood, rector of St. Andrew’s Church in Mount Pleasant, has for years overseen one of the Lowcountry’s biggest church success stories. The parish has grown to a membership of 3,150 and, in recent years, started churches in Goose Creek and downtown Charleston.

In 2006, Wood was one of three candidates for bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina. (The others were the Rev. Canon Ellis Brust, chief operating officer of the American Anglican Council, and the Rev. Mark Lawrence, who earned the position.)

Six years later, much has changed in local Anglican circles, and Wood now finds himself at the forefront of a new religious enterprise. On Saturday, he will be consecrated the first bishop of the Diocese of the Carolinas within the Anglican Church in North America.

The occasion prompted The Post and Courier to ask Wood a few questions about his new role, his church and his parish life.

Read the rest to see the questions/answers.

6 responses to Post and Courier Article on the Diocese of the Carolinas, St. Andrew’s, and My Ordination

  1. Steve, while most of us can scarcely comprehend the scope of being a bishop, we know that God has perfectly groomed you for His ultimate glory. The hardest thing is to share but in doing so we will ask be blessed. We cannot wait to see what God does with all of us in this new chapter.

  2. Awesome article Steve, God Bless!

  3. Prayers ascending for you and your flock.

  4. Steve,

    I posted the article on Anglicans Ablaze. I understood that in the Anglican Church deacons were made, presbyters ordained, and bishops consecrated. As you are already ordained, you might want to skip the second ordination. It would be news if the Anglican Church in North America is requiring the reordination of Anglican ministers before admitting them to the office of bishop.

  5. Thanks, Robin.

    Per you observation; the 1662 ordinal, in reference to qualifications for the various orders, notes, “every man which is to be ordained or consecrated Bishop shall be full thirty years of age.”

  6. Article XXXVI refers to “The Book of the Consecration of Archbishops and Bishops and Ordering of Priests and Deacons” as containing “all things necessary to such Consecration and Ordering.” Among the functions the Thirty-Nine Articles fulfill is that they provide doctrinal standards for interpreting the Prayer Book, not the other way around. The 1552 Ordinal states, “And euery man, which is to be consecrated a Bishop, shalbe fully thyrtie yeres of age. “…ordained or…” is one of the additions to the Prayer Book Ordinal made by the Laudians at the Restoration.

    Wright and Neil’s A Protestant Dictionary, Hague’s The Protestantism of the Prayer Book, Hole’s A Manual of the Book of Common Prayer, and the other works that I have consulted describe the service at which a presbyter is admitted to the office of bishop as the “consecration” of a bishop. From my reading I gather the preference for the use of the term “consecration” over “bishop” is related to a Reformed Evangelical understanding of the nature and character of the episcopal office and not just to the use of the term in the Thirty-Nine Articles and the 1552 Ordinal. Hence my questioning of your use of the term “ordination” in the title of your blog article.