The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Lay Ministry

In the Episcopal Church, we believe that when you are baptized, your ministry begins. This is your lay ministry, and it is primarily "in the world." There are significant lay ministries that a person may have in a parish or in the larger Church.

The Ministry

Q. Who are the ministers of the Church?

A. The ministers of the Church are lay persons, bishops, priests, and deacons.

Q. What is the ministry of the laity?

A. The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ's work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.

Opportunities for Lay Ministry Development

  • Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year course of study that covers theology, scripture, church history, and the like. EFM groups are led in local parishes by a trained mentor. EFM was developed the University of the South/Sewanee, which also offers another course for parish-based learning about lay ministry, Disciples of Christ in Community. 
  • ChurchNext creates online Christian learning experiences to invigorate lives and congregations. Along with their partner, Forward Movement, they aim to help people grow in their Christian faith, improve their lives, and better the world. For more information on subscribing to it, contact the Rev. Timothy Hodapp
  • Forma, The Network for Christian Formation, A community within The Episcopal Church that has a focus on the core values of: love and care, creativity and wonder, formation and education, integrity and dignity, honor and call. The website has resources for youth and children's, young adult, and adult formation, both at home and in group settings.