Commission on Ministry
The Commission on Ministry assists the bishop in developing, recruiting, forming, and assessing those called to ministry in the church. Their work encompasses those called to lay or ordained ministry.
The role and functions of the Commission on Ministry are described in the Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, which can be downloaded from the Constitution & Canons committee page.
There are 12 members appointed by the bishop to staggered three-year terms; the chair is appointed by the Bishop. The COM meets monthly. Based upon the canons of the church and best practices, the COM has developed a process to help individuals discern their call to ministry, lay and ordained. Documents have been created to explain this process. The COM trains parish discernment groups and sponsoring priests in their roles in the process. Members work as a team and as individuals in relating with people exploring the ordination process. The COM provides recommendations to the bishop. If an individual has been discerned to have a call to ordained ministry, a member is assigned as a liaison to that person during his or her formation.
The COM helps to empower people to live out their own baptismal ministry. They strive to remind people that one does not need ordination to do ministry and raise more awareness of the varied opportunities for ministry within the diocese.
For more information, take a look at some of these resources:
- Handbook on Licensed Lay Ministry (download a Word or pdf document)
Resources for people considering discernment regarding ordination
- Detailed chart of the ordination discernment process
- Ordination Process Handbook (revised 9-26-14)
- Applicaton Forms: for vocational diaconate or for priesthood
Resources for vestries and sponsoring congregation
- Basic process, illustrated
- Detailed chart (carefully note the columns for home parish, parish discernment group, and vestry)
- Rector Checklist (for clergy member having oversight of the person seeking discernment)
- Vestry Checklist
- Who does what in the ordination process: Sponsoring Congregation – a document describing the roles of people in a congregation that plans to sponsor someone through the ordination process: the member of clergy having oversight, the parish discernment group, the vestry, and the clerk of the vestry.
- Menu of support options – for congregations sponsoring a person through discernment
- Form: Congregational Nomination for Postulancy
MembersJordan Haynie Ware Chair
News and Stories from Commission on Ministry
Bishop Sam Hulsey will ordain Lynne Waltman to the priesthood at 7 pm on Wednesday, September 14 at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Fort Worth. Waltman grew up in Lake Bluff, Illinois. She came to Texas in 1974 for graduate school … Continue reading
The following ordinations are coming up in the next few months; two will be held in the Diocese of Texas. Save the dates so you can plan to attend. Lynne Waltman – September 14, 7 pm at All Saints’ in … Continue reading
Click on the tab “Docs, Forms” to see a list of documents and forms related to the process of discernment about ordination. If the text in a cell is underlined, you can click to open that document. If the text … Continue reading
The Commission on Ministry report to the 2014 Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is submitted by the Rev. Melanie Barbarito. You may download a PDF of this report here. Members: Melanie Barbarito, Richard Cabes, Cristy Campbell-Furtick, Cynthia Hill, Joy Malmgren, … Continue reading
The Diocesan Commission on Ministry is sponsoring a Day of Discernment from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at All Saints Episcopal School, 9700 Saints Circle, Fort Worth, TX, 76108, in the McNair Theater of the Upper … Continue reading
Mark your calendars for the June 1 event “Exploring the Discernment Process,” sponsored by the diocesan Commission on Ministry (COM). The day is aimed at congregational leaders who are seeking to discern candidates for ordination to the priesthood or the diaconate, as well as for individuals discerning a call to ordination, along with their spouses, partners, and family members. Continue reading
Handbook on Licensed Lay Ministry – PDF Handbook on Licensed Lay Ministry – MS Word These documents were updated on 8/19/2015 to include application forms for Licensed Lay Preacher, Lay Pastoral Leader and Lay Evangelist and on 6/28/2016 to improve … Continue reading
If you feel called to the ministerial priesthood or the vocational diaconate, your first step should be to speak to your parish Rector. She or he will help guide you through the process and provide the information you need regarding … Continue reading
Download the Application for Postulancy for the Diaconate here.
Download the Application for Postulancy for the Priesthood here.