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Lay Preacher Licensing

Licensed Lay Preachers Program

 

Are you called to proclaim God’s good news?

For NEW Lay Preachers, in conjunction with the Academy for Vocational Leadership, the Whitaker Institute offers the opportunity to learn preaching as part of the Bible year plus six in-depth courses on the craft of preaching. 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.)

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).

For Lay Preaching Continuing Education ideas, click here.

* RENEW YOUR LICENSE HERE

 

* Continuing Education Opportunity for Preachers!

“Preacher’s Forum”

Who: This evening is specifically designed for lay preachers who are seeking to gain continuing education, be inspired with fresh ideas about the craft of preaching, and form a community of lay preachers. Participants will be asked to offer a 5 minute homily on scripture of choice and work in small groups to explore scripture to find the Good News. We will also review the licensing requirements for lay Preachers.

Teacher: The Rev. Susan Williams

When: Tuesday evening, October 29, 6pm to 9pm with light supper beginning at 5:30pm

Where: Trinity Episcopal Church, Belleville

How Much: Enrollment is $25 that will cover supper and tuition for the evening.

For more information: Vicki Hesse vhesse@edomi.org or 313-833-4412

How to Register/RSVP: REGISTER FOR OCT. 29 PREACHER’S FORUM HERE

 

* Become a new Licensed Preacher Below:

This process consists of two components:

  1. Classes in Holy Scripture through the Academy for Vocational Leadership or comparable program
  2. Homiletics Class at the Academy for Vocational Leadership

Those who wish to become licensed preachers begin their preparation with the monthly Saturday classes in Holy Scripture offered at the Academy for Vocational Leadership. This survey of the Old and New Testaments consists of ten five-hour sessions, September through June, at the Colombiere Retreat Center in Clarkston. The cost is $600 ($60 per session), which includes lunch. Additional costs include textbooks and mileage to and from Colombiere.

Following completion of this class, or concurrently, individuals take the Homiletics Class offered at the Academy. This class consists of six two-hour sessions, October through March, at the Colombiere Retreat Center, in the evening of the same day as the Holy Scripture classes. Participants learn about, discuss, and practice preaching, and they prepare and deliver sermons at the Academy and at their home congregation. The tuition for the Preaching Practicum is $200 per student. Additional costs include textbooks and mileage to and from the class site.

After successful completion of both the Holy Scripture and Homiletics classes, Safe Church training and a background check are required. Following completion of all requirements, the diocesan office will issue a preaching license.