Globally, Anglicans form the third largest body of Christians in the world (around 80 million members) behind the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. Anglican churches now exist all over the world in more than 165 countries. While Christians from Britain, the United States, Canada, and Australia continue to play an important role, today the “average” Anglican is a young woman from sub-Saharan Africa.
When Jesus was walking the earth, He would sometimes say to a person "Follow me." He even referred to Himself as "The Way, The Truth, and The Life" saying that no one could come to the Father except through Him. The first disciples could follow Him by physically following behind Him, but we don't have that option. So, how do we follow someone we can't see? We need a Way.
All Christian Ways are like cups.
There are many kinds of cups in the world, and they can hold all kinds of things. Think of pouring wine into a cup; experts will tell you that the kind of cup you pour the wine into will affect the taste. Of course, the cup won't turn the wine into something else - but it will change the experience. A good cup can lead to a better wine-drinking experience. It's best to put it into the right kind of cup, but the cup isn't the most important thing; the wine is what matters.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the wine. The Anglican Way isn't the only kind of cup you could use, but it is a good cup into which to pour this most magnificent of wines and it does a particularly nice job of allowing the wine to be experienced as it was meant to be.
Anglican worship is diverse in style, but rich in its inheritance, and is generally best understood by visiting a local congregation. Our common inheritance of worship recognizes the supremacy of the Bible and often finds expression through the Book of Common Prayer. To understand what and how Anglicans pray is to understand what they believe. The Book of Common Prayer, described as "the Scriptures arranged for worship", provides helpful resources for everything from personal daily devotions to large public gatherings of worship.
We believe and confess Jesus Christ to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no one comes to the Father but by Him. We are determined by the help of God to hold and maintain as the Anglican Way has received them the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ. To be an Anglican is not to embrace a distinct "version" of Christianity, but rather a distinct way of being a “Mere Christian,” who is at the same time evangelical, apostolic, catholic, reformed, and Spirit-filled.