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Lay Preacher Licensing

Licensed Lay Preachers Program


Are you called to proclaim God’s good news?

Become a Licensed Lay Preacher!

For new Lay Preachers,  the Whitaker Institute offers the opportunity to learn preaching as part of the year of the bible Saturday Series plus seven in-depth courses on the craft of preaching (October through April). This “year of the bible” is held in conjunction with the Academy for Vocational Leadership.

Lay Preacher Licenses are granted upon completion of the entire program year of bible. This course grounds participants in scripture and theology while equipping in the craft of preaching. See “* Become a new Licensed Preacher” below to enroll in this annual program-year course (begins in the fall, continuing until June the following year.)

For RENEWING Licenses: If you are already a lay preacher and wish to renew your license, complete the application below. Lay Preachers and other lay ministers are required to complete continuing education according to the Canons of the Episcopal Church and per our Bishop’s request (see this page for more info: Continuing Education).

** All Lay Preachers are requested to take Safe Church Track 1 either in person or online. Register here.

Download the Lay Preacher Application here for Lay Preachers (NEW and RENEWALS) and submit to Jennifer Elliot ( at the Diocese after your training.

For Lay Preaching Continuing Education ideas, click here.