The Episcopal Diocese
of El Camino Real
B.V. Sargent House
154 Central Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Mailing Address
PO Box 689
Salinas, CA 93902

Phone: (831) 394-4465


Commission on Ministry

Clergy and lay persons who help navigate the discernment and ordination processes
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The Commission on Ministry (COM) consists of clergy and lay persons and assists the Bishop in providing the development and affirmation of the ministry of all baptized persons in the church.

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, diaconate, 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.

COM Inquirers Group Guide
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 every January. 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 and state “COM Registration” in the subject line.

For guidelines and training materials for Eucharistic ministers and other lay ministers, visit Licenses for Lay Ministry.

Discerning your lay ministry? Try the following:

Discernment and Ordination Documents

The Commission on Ministry has developed several related documents. The first two, 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. Additionally, 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.  Click the links below to view and download:

Qualities to Consider in the Discernment of God’s Call
Discerning Paths of Ministry
Steps Toward Ordination
Spiritual Directors Resource Directory
The Road to Postulancy in the Diocese of El Camino Real

Ordination Forms
Form 1
Form 2
Form 3
Form 4
Form 5
Form 11 – Medical Evaluation
Form 12

For more information about ministry resources, contact us.

Commission on Ministry | The Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real