Clergy in the Episcopal Church are called to ordination by God, and the call is confirmed by the church through a discernment process with the candidate for ordination. If you believe you may be called to the priesthood or diaconate, or if people have suggested that you consider ordination, the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego offers a process to help you to explore that call. The entire process of prayer, education, and consultation takes several years.
The Commission on Ministry (COM) helps you through the journey of discernment. Discernment is the investigation of the question, “What is God calling me to?” The COM uses a process of discernment designed to help you discover where God wants you to be. It provides a clear, step-by-step path that works to unveil your gifts as a person of faith. Discernment is not simply a path to ordained ministry; it is an active process of engaging the community of God to discover your call.
Members of the COM are appointed by the bishop for staggered, three-year terms. These leaders are intentionally appointed to provide a balanced and dynamic group and will help guide you through the work of self-discovery in ministry.
To learn more about becoming a clergy person or developing yourself through discernment, contact the Commission on Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Evangelist is a person who presents the good news of Jesus Christ in such a way that people are led to receive Christ as Savior and follow Christ as Lord in the fellowship of the Church. Are you asking the question: “Am I a person with a call to evangelism?” All Christians are called to share the good news of Jesus Christ with the world, but some Christians are gifted, by the Holy Spirit, and for the benefit of the Church, as “Evangelists.”
The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego offers a step-by-step training to enliven the gift of evangelism in you, a layperson. The Lay Evangelist License recognizes, encourages, and empowers you as a gifted leader of our Church, and helps enable you to do the work of equipping saints for the work of ministry.
To find out more about the Lay Evangelist Licensing process click here.