In response to the revised Canons of the Episcopal Church, General Convention, 2003, Title III, Canon 7.5, Life and Work of Deacons, and Canon 9. 1, Life and Work of Priests, as well as Canon 1.1, Ministry of All Baptized Persons and Canon 4.1, Licensed Ministers, the Continuing Education Subcommittee of the Commission on Ministry was formed to prepare continuing education guidelines specific to the Diocese of Michigan.
It is clear that all ordained persons are to be included in the canonical requirements. The Diocese of Michigan clergy are invited to comply with this National Canon as part of honoring and respecting the vows taken at ordination to “be diligent in the reading and study of the Holy Scriptures, and in seeking the knowledge of such things as may make (clergy) stronger and more able to (be a) minister of Christ.”
The committee recommends that the Diocese require 12 units of continuing education annually for priests and deacons. The Bishop may reduce the number of hours or grant an exemption on an individual basis for clergy who are retired and not serving churches.
It is also clear that non-ordained persons are to be included in the canonical requirements. The Diocese of Michigan Lay Professional, Commissioned Ministers, Licensed Ministers and Lay Volunteers are invited to comply with this National Canon as part of honoring and respecting their unique ministries, so each may grow in her/his response to God’s call in her/his life.
The committee recommends that the Diocese require 6 units of continuing education annually for all lay professionals and commissioned ministers.
The committee recommends that the Diocese require 4 units of continuing education annually for all licensed ministers and lay volunteers.
Priests, deacons and commissioned team members should send their annual reports by March 1 for the prior year to the Director of the Whitaker Institute. Other lay persons should submit their reports to their Rector, Vicar or Priest-in-Charge.
Annual Report: CEU Form (Download, complete and mail in your report)