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El Greco, "Descent of the Holy Spirit"

A Commission on Ministry functions in a diocese to assist the bishop in making provision for the development and affirmation of the ministry of all baptized persons in the Church and in the world.

Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church mandate that “In each Diocese there shall be a Commission on Ministry (‘the Commission’) consisting of Clergy and Lay Persons. The number of members, terms of office, and manner of selection to the commission shall be determined by the Canons of each Diocese.” Title III. Canon I, II

Chair: The Rev. Steve Ellis
Vocations Secretary:  The Rev. Maly Hughes
Contact:  com@edecr.org
COM Roster 2013-2014

Commission on Ministry Events

  • Discovery Day: My call: Lay, Priest or Deacon?
    The Discovery Day is scheduled for 6/14/2014. This one day program explores how the four orders of ministry in the Episcopal Church (laity, deaconate, priesthood, and bishop) complement and support each other. Discovery Day is followed by a 12 week Inquirers Group program for those who wish to delve more deeply into the work of the four orders of ministry. The programs are open to all interested lay persons. Individuals considering holy orders must participate in both programs.   
  • Ministry Discernment Conferences
    Discernment Conferences are scheduled February 11, 2014 and October 21, 2014. Nominees for Holy Orders meet with the Commission on Ministry for a comprehensive set of interviews.
    Attendance is by invitation only.
  • Navigating the Discernment Process, a workshop describing the ordination process and the work of the Commission On Ministry in El Camino Real, will be held January 11, 2014, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at St. Paul's, Salinas.  The workshop is particularly valuable for anyone who is discerning a call to the diaconate or priesthood, rectors plus members of vestries and congregations which have a person in the ordination process, and members of the Standing Committee. To register:  please emai lDottie Fuller at dotfuller@aol.com.  (Please put COM Registration in the subject line.)

COM Documents

Introduction: The Commission on Ministry has developed several interrelated documents. The first two documents, Qualities to Consider in the Discernment of God’s Call and Discerning Paths of Ministry are designed to assist the reader in the discernment of a lay or ordained ministry. The second document, Steps Toward Ordained Ministry, describes in detail the process leading to ordination to the Vocational Diaconate and to the Priesthood.

Lay Ministry Licensing Program

 Ministry Resources

Schools and Seminaries

Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP)
The Church Divinity School of the Pacific is a graduate theological seminary and center of theological study of the Episcopal church, and is a founding member of the ecumenical Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

The Church Divinity School of the Pacific is the official seminary of the Province of the Pacific of the Episcopal Church.

The Episcopal School for Deacons
Berkeley, California.  The School for Deacons is an educational institution of the Diocese of California under the general oversight of the Bishop.  The mission of the School is to provide a pre-eminent program for the education and formation of deacons in the Episcopal Church.

The School actively seeks students for the diaconate and for lay ministry preparation from all the dioceses in northern California.  Currently we have students from the dioceses of California, El Camino Real, and Northern California.

A Day on Campus is held annually in the Fall; an Inquirer's Day is held annually in the Spring

Episcopal Seminaries List - recognized seminaries in the United States

Board of Examining Chaplains

The Board of Examining Chaplains serves at the direction of the Commission on Ministry. It is a group of clergy and lay people who set the standards for academic certification of the Holy Orders process. For information about the Board of Examining Chaplains (BOEC), please contact the Commission on Ministry, com@edecr.org .