Our Vision

We are a community coming home to Jesus and his Church.

At the end of The Four Quartets, the Anglican poet T.S. Eliot wrote, “we shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

Christ Church exists to be a place where people can experience a spiritual homecoming--where those who feel disconnected from Jesus and disenchanted with church might “arrive where we started, and know the place for the first time.” We find great joy in making the life and teachings of Jesus relevant and understandable. We are passionate about making the rhythms and thought of the historic Christian Church accessible to our rising generation. We believe the Gospel is good news. We believe nothing else has the power to quench our profound modern thirst for truth, beauty, meaning, and authority.

Our Values

Centered on the GOSPEL


Filled with the HOLY SPIRIT

Focused on the LOST AND THE LEAST


Engaged in the ARTS AND CULTURE

Our Anglican Identity

To be Anglican is not to embrace a distinct version of Christianity. Rather it is a distinct way of being a “mere Christian”—one that is at the same time evangelical, apostolic, catholic, reformed, and Spirit-filled.

Historically Rooted

The Anglican Church traces its roots all the way back to the 2nd Century, when the first Christian missionaries came to the British Isles. Our tradition is shaped by the historic teachings and practices of the apostolic Church, and also by the biblical and evangelical values of the Reformation. The Book of Common prayer shapes our worship and life together around this tradition, and we celebrate its beauty, stability, and power to put us in the way of Jesus. To dive deeper, check out this helpful, introductory talk given by a theologian in our diocese on Anglican history and identity.

Globally connected

The Anglican communion is the third largest Christian body in the world (following the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church), with over 85 million members in over 165 countries. We are a member of the Global Anglican Future Conference, are proud of our diverse international communion, and value the encouragement and perspective this connection brings us.

Locally Partnered

Christ Church Madison is part of the Anglican Church in North America, in the Diocese of the Upper Midwest, under Bishop Stewart Ruch III. Alongside many other growing churches in the Midwest, the heartbeat of our movement is to see a revival of Word and Sacrament, infused with the Holy Spirit.

Our Beliefs

At its most basic level, our faith is best summarized in the words of the ancient Creeds (Nicene and Apostles’), which are still held in common by most Christian traditions throughout the world.
To dig a little deeper into the beliefs of our Anglican tradition, you can read the Jerusalem Declaration, which we uphold alongside biblically faithful, Gospel centered, mission focused Anglicans around the world.
And if you really want to go for it and dig even deeper, you can read our denomination's catechism, To Be A Christian, which offers the fullest picture of our faith commitments and spiritual practices.
We are all on a faith journey, and we warmly welcome those with questions and doubts. So regardless of where you are at, we'd be thrilled for you to join us.