The purpose of the Commission on Ministry is to advise and assist the Bishop in implementation of Canons as related to Ministry, in the determination of present and future opportunities and needs for the ministry of all baptized persons, and in the design and oversight of the ongoing process for recruitment, discernment, formation for ministry, and assessment of readiness. The Commission members are appointed by the Bishop and confirmed by the Diocesan Convention. The COM Chair is the Rev. Monica Burkert-Brist.
Ministry in the Episcopal Church
Ministry is reaching out to others with knowledge, love and passion in order to continue the reconciling work of Christ by building up the people around us and helping others to experience God's love.
According to our Catechism in The Book of Common Prayer, God's mission for the Church is " to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ" (BCP, 855). In the Episcopal Church, we believe we are being the church (doing the work of the church) when we live out our Baptismal vows:
Discernment for Ministry
We believe that all individuals, and all parishes, should be involved in discernment. As individuals, we seek to discern what our gifts are and how those gifts might be used for God's ministry---at church, at home, at work, and in the world. This discernment should lead us to ministry---lay or ordained. As parishes, discernment involved seeking to identify the gifts and resources we have as a community and how to utilize those gifts and resources in ministry with one another as well as how we use our gifts in ministry to those outside our parish walls. Discernment is meant to be an ongoing process in the lives of individuals and parishes.
Discernment processes involve the church as a whole, whether one is looking to be more intentional about their ministry as a lay person or seeking ordination as a deacon or priest. The Commission on Ministry has detailed a number of expectations for those in the discernment process. A number of documents are available from the Commission to assist in this process including:
For those considering the Vocational Diaconate, following the discernment process and approval as a Postulant, you will be able to enter Deacon School. Learn more about Deacons School here...