The Commission on Ministry assists the Bishop in providing the development and affirmation of the ministry of all baptized persons in the Church. Each diocese has a Commission on Ministry consisting of clergy and lay persons. The number of members, terms of office, and manner of selection to the commission shall be determined by the Canons of each diocese.

Chair: The Rev. Barbara Miller
Vocations Secretary:  The Rev. Maly Hughes

2017 COM Roster

Commission on Ministry Events

Discovery Day is an annual one-day program that explores how the four orders of ministry in the Episcopal Church — laity, deaconate, priesthood, and bishop — complement and support each other. Discovery Day is followed by a 12 week Inquirers Group program for those who wish to delve more deeply into the work of the four orders of ministry. The programs are open to all interested lay persons. Individuals considering holy orders must participate in both programs.  The 2017 Discovery Day will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 at St. Paul’s/San Pablo, Salinas.

COM-Inquirers-Group-Guide – This document is a guide for those who will be convening and attending Inquirers Groups, which continue the discernment process after attending Discovery Day.

Navigating the Discernment Process, a workshop describing the ordination process and the work of the Commission On Ministry in El Camino Real, is held in January of each year. The workshop is particularly valuable for anyone who is discerning a call to the diaconate or priesthood, rectors plus members of vestries and congregations which have a person in the ordination process, and members of the Standing Committee. For next year’s date and registration information, please email Dottie Fuller at (Please state “COM Registration” in the subject line.)

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COM Documents

The Commission on Ministry has developed several interrelated documents. The first two documents, Qualities to Consider in the Discernment of God’s Call and Discerning Paths of Ministry, are designed to assist the reader in the discernment of a lay or ordained ministry. The next document, Steps Toward Ordination, describes in detail the process leading to ordination to the Vocational Diaconate and to the Priesthood. Also below is the approved Spiritual Director Resource Directory, May 2015.  Click the links below to view and download:

Qualities to Consider in the Discernment of God’s Call (revised September 2012)

Discerning Paths of Ministry (rev. June 2016)

Steps Toward Ordination (rev. April 2016)

Spiritual Director Resource Directory (2017)

Ordination Forms in ‘Fillable’ Format (April 2015)
Form 1
Form 2
Form 3
Form 4
Form 5
Form 12

Ordination Forms (not fillable)

Form 11 – Medical Evaluation

For more information about ministry resources, contact us.