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 training is available to anyone in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. Our Safe Church Education and Training policy can be found here.

    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 training is available to anyone in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. Our Safe Church Education and Training policy can be found here.

    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 training is available to anyone in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. Our Safe Church Education and Training policy can be found here.

    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

    A Worship Leader is someone who leads Sunday Morning Prayer in the absence of a priest.  Requirements for a Lay Worship Leader license include successful completion of Worship Leader training, Safe Church training, and Anti-Racism training, as well as a recommendation from the clergy in charge of the parish or (if the parish has no resident clergy) the senior warden. Application for the license should be made by the resident clergy or senior warden after other requirements have been completed.

    Diocesan training

    New Licenses

    Worship Leader training consists of two days of training, generally Saturdays, two weeks apart. It takes place at the Procter Center or in any other part of the diocese for which it has been requested, and for which at least eight people are registered. Anyone seeking a new license must attend both days, as should any Worship Leader whose license has lapsed or who has not officiated regularly at Morning Prayer.

    License Renewal

    Renewal of the license is available for anyone whose license has not lapsed and who has officiated at Morning Prayer at least once each year while licensed. A one-day license renewal training is offered once or twice each year.

    The cost for each day of training is $30.

    See calendar for list of scheduled trainings

    If you would like to request a training in your area, contact the Rev. Marjorie Menaul.

    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 training is available to anyone in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. Our Safe Church Education and Training policy can be found here.

    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.