Explore Your Call to Episcopal Service this August

Contributed by: The Rev. Genevieve Bishop, Director of the NJ School for Ministry

Do any of these descriptions fit you?

  1. You feel drawn to do something more or something different to live and share the good news of Jesus, but are not clear just what that should be.
  2. You have been asked to help someone else discern the path on which God calls them forward, but when you think about it, you are not really clear how to distinguish a call to become a priest from the call to become either a deacon or a lay servant leader.
  3. You want some help identifying your spiritual gifts and seeing how you might better put those to use for the good of the people of God.
  4. You think God might be calling you to be a priest, a deacon, or a licensed lay leader and you’ve heard that this is the starting place.
  5. You are just wondering what this seminar is about and why anyone should take it.

The answer to all of the above is “Come and see!”

The Episcopal Servant Ministry seminar will invite you to deeper appreciation for the breadth of servant ministries in the Episcopal Church. You will look at the four orders of ministry with fresh eyes, and you will nudge your understanding of the roles of lay persons, deacons, priests, and bishops in fresh directions. We will explore your spiritual gifts and how your gifts support the orders of ministry. Each seminar consists of three sessions, each 2½ hours in length. After three sessions, you just might rediscover some of the wisdom and beauty of the collegiality of ministry in our Episcopal church.

This seminar is open to all—whether currently lay or ordained—and is required of those who feel called either to ordained ministry or some of the lay ministries licensed under Title III Canon 4 (Lay Worship Leaders, Lay Preachers, Lay Catechists, Lay Evangelists, Lay Pastoral Leaders). Registration is limited to 15 people. You must register for and attend all three sessions.

To Contact the NJ School for Ministry


Upcoming August Seminar

Session 1, Saturday, Aug 5, 9:00–11:30 a.m.; and
Session 2, Saturday, Aug 12, 9:00–11:30 a.m.;
Session 3, Saturday, Aug 19, 9:00–11:30 a.m.
Registration link for the August seminar