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:

Lay Ministry

Resources for people considering discernment regarding ordination

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Resources for vestries and sponsoring congregation


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News and Stories from Commission on Ministry

Lynne Waltman to be ordained priest at All Saints’

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

Save the dates: three ordinations

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

Forms related to Discernment and Ordination

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

Commission on Ministry Report to 2014 Convention

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

Save the Date for Day of Discernment on June 1, 2013

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

COM offers day of discernment June 1

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

Licensed Lay Leader Handbook

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

Diaconate Postulancy Documents

Diaconate Postulancy Overview & Packet Continue reading

Priesthood Postulancy Documents

Priesthood Postulancy Overview & Packet Continue reading

The Ordination Process

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

Application for Postulancy for the Diaconate

Download the Application for Postulancy for the Diaconate here.

Application for Postulancy for the Priesthood

Download the Application for Postulancy for the Priesthood here.