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Lay Licensing

Lay licensing is the process by which the Bishop grants formal and official permission to individuals who are not ordained to carry out certain ministerial acts in accordance with the Canons of The Episcopal Church

In Baptism, all members of the Episcopal Church are invited into ministry. While engagement in ministry may take many different forms, there are certain ministries that are granted official training and licensing. The process for each of the Lay licenses provided in The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego are explained on this page.

Requirements for Lay License

First Steps:

  1. Obtain a Nomination for Lay License from the head of your home congregation (prior to training)
  2. Completion of the Application for Lay License by person requesting licensing (prior to training)
  3. Completion of Safe Church Safe Communities online training within the last 3 years
  4. Praesidium background check in the last 3 years
  5. EDSD approved Antiracism Training 
  6. Knowing Yourself Workshop

Next Steps (these may be completed in any order):

  • Completed Safe Church Safe Communities Training
  • Completed Background Check through The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego
  • Completed Antiracism Training
  • Completed EDSD Lay License Training
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