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Guidelines for Ministry of all the Baptized,

Lay Licenced Ministries, and Holy Orders

for the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe

by the

Commission on the Ministry of the Baptized

The Commission on the Ministry of the Baptized serves to guide and empower all baptized people in discerning their ministries.

and the

European Institute for Christian Studies

Dedicated to excellence in Christian formation

I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice — alive, holy, and pleasing to God — which is your reasonable service. Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God — what is good and well-pleasing and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to every one of you not to think more highly of yourself than you ought to think, but to think with sober discernment, as God has distributed to each of you a measure of faith. For just as in one body we have many members, and not all the members serve the same function, so we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually we are members who belong to one another. (Romans 12:1-5)

Table of Contents

Section 1: Ministry of the Baptized

    Introduction to Vocational Discernment

Section 2: Licensed Lay Ministries

    Pastoral Leader

    Worship Leader




    Eucharistic Visitor

    Eucharistic Minister

    From Aspirant to a Licensed Ministry 

Section 3: Holy Orders

    Holy Orders

    Holy Orders: The Diaconate

    On the Diaconate

    Holy Orders: The Priesthood

    From Aspirant to Ordination

    Personal Reflection

    Guidelines for Discernment Committees

    Guideliness for Sponsoring Clergy, Vestries, and Bishop’s Committees

Section 4: Canons and Baptismal Covenant

    Relevant Canons

    The Baptismal Covenant