Licensed Lay Ministries

  • Eucharistic Ministers

    Eucharistic Ministers administer the consecrated elements of bread or wine in the liturgy of the Holy Eucharist.

    Requirements

    Local Training

    Eucharistic Ministers are trained at the parish level, by the Deacon or Priest of the congregation. After training, the rector, vicar or priest-in-charge should request that a license be issued by filling out the online application for licensed lay ministries (see link below).

    Safe Church training

    Safe Church education and training is available to anyone in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. A minimum standard of training is expected based on specific ministry roles.

    Application

    An online application is to be completed by the clergy person in charge of the congregation or faith community.

  • Eucharistic Visitors

    Eucharistic Visitors take communion to the sick and shut in immediately following a principle celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

    Requirements

    Local Training

    Eucharistic Visitors are trained at the parish level, by the Deacon or Priest of the congregation. After training, the rector, vicar or priest-in-charge should request that a license be issued by filling out the online application for licensed lay ministries (see link below).

    Safe Church training

    Safe Church education and training is available to anyone in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.  A minimum standard of training is expected based on specific ministry roles.

    Application

    An online application is to be completed by the clergy person in charge of the congregation or faith community.

  • Lay Preachers

    Lay Preachers are authorized to preach in worship services upon invitation of the rector, vicar, or priest-in-charge.

    Requirements

    Diocesan Training

    The rector or priest-in-charge of a congregation, or a priest of the diocese for congregations without permanent clergy, may nominate persons for licensing as preachers. Those nominated should be active communicant members in good standing, well respected in their congregations, practice an active spiritual life and be knowledgeable and articulate about the Christian faith.

    Training in preparation for a license to preach is a two-year program that meets monthly at the Procter Center for three hours on the second Saturday of the month (September through May), with occasional exception. The program includes worship, Bible study, theological reflection and the practice of writing, delivering and evaluating sermons. The leaders are the Rev. Stephen Smith and the Rev. Joanna Leiserson.

    Cost of Training

    The cost of the program is $250 per year; some scholarship assistance is available.

    Education for Ministry

    Two years of Education for Ministry or the equivalent is a prerequisite.

    Anti-Racism Training

    Anti-racism training is required for all licensed preachers.

    Safe Church training

    Safe Church education and training is available to anyone in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. A minimum standard of training is expected based on specific ministry roles.

    Diocesan Training Dates

    Training begins in September  and continues through May; classes are held on the second Saturday of each month at the Procter Center unless otherwise specified.

    Applying for training

    Application form (to be completed by the individual desiring preacher formation)

    Nomination form (to be completed by sponsoring clergy-person)

    You will need a payment form for churches paying the tuition, or for subsequent years payments.

    Renewal of License

    If you have preached at least once per year during each of the three years of your license, you may renew your license for three years at no charge here.

  • Worship Leaders

    Worship Leaders lead Sunday Morning Prayer or other congregational services in the absence of a priest.

    Requirements

    Diocesan Training

    Worship Leader Training is part of the School for Ministry and consists of two days of training (Parts 1 & 2).  Training generally will take place at the Procter Center on two Saturdays. See the diocesan calendar for dates.

    New Licenses:  Persons seeking training for a new Worship Leader license must attend both days of training.

    License renewal:  Persons seeking renewal of their Worship Leader license must attend Part 2, but are welcome to attend Parts 1 & 2.

    The cost for each part is $30 per session.

    Application

    The application for the Worship Leader training program may be found here. The application is to be completed and endorsed by the clergy person in charge of the participant’s congregation or community of faith.

    Following successful completion of the program, and provided the required Safe Church and Anti-racism trainings are current, a Worship Leader license may be requested by the clergy person in charge of the participant’s congregation (see below).

    Anti-Racism Training

    Anti-racism training is required for all licensed worship leaders.

    Safe Church Training

    Safe Church education and training is available to anyone in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.  A minimum standard of training is expected based on specific ministry roles.

    Application for Worship Leader License

    Resident clergy (or senior warden in the absence of resident clergy) must complete an application for an individual to become a Licensed Worship Leader.