Lay Orders Pathway

Pathway to Licensed Lay Ministry: Catechists and Evangelists
STEPS:

  Nomination

  Training

  Commissioning

The path to nomination

EMPHASIS:

Discernment of call by those who know you best: Local parish and rector

PARTICIPANTS:

       You

       Your rector

       Your parish

Bishop’s Committee on Lay Orders (Cn. Hylden, Cn. Bergstrom, and Canon Carrie

Boren Headington, our Missioner for Evangelism)

WHAT’S REQUIRED:

You meet with your Rector, and receive from him/her a detailed letter of recommendation as someone who has displayed a calling as a lay Catechist or Evangelist

You meet with the Bishop’s Committee on Lay Orders, and receive from them a recommendation to move forward with training

You complete Application

Training

EMPHASIS:

In-depth, seminary-level classes on the basics of the Christian faith and specialized training in catechetics or evangelism

PARTICIPANTS:

        You

 Quality teachers at the Stanton Center or other approved programs

WHAT’S REQUIRED:

Satisfactory completion of coursework, including a hands-on ministry project in evangelism or catechesis

TIMING:

Courses for catechists are designed to take three years, and courses for evangelists may be completed in two years. Courses meet for one intensive Saturday per month during the academic year.

Previous education can count for credit, with approval of Bishop’s Committee

Classes begin each August and run through May 

The path to commissioning

EMPHASIS:

Licensing by the bishop under Canon III.4 (Episcopal Church Constitution and Canons)

Being commissioned and sent out by the bishop on a mission of catechesis or evangelism in the diocese of Dallas 

WHAT’S REQUIRED:

You complete Safe Church training and background check

You meet with Bishop’s Committee, and receive recommendation that the bishop license and commission you

You meet with the canon to the ordinary, and receive the bishop’s endorsement to license and commission you as a Catechist or Evangelist

On the path with you

Bishop’s Committee on Lay Orders

Canon to the Ordinary

Bishop’s office

Rector

Home parish