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


Leadership Development

Resources for anti-racism, community partnership, Creation Care, and Education for Ministry

West Coast Collaborative School for Ministry

The Diocese of El Camino Real School for Ministry is now in partnership with the dioceses of Northern California and San Diego as The West Coast Collaborative. There are big plans for 2023 including the development and launch of a program for individuals preparing for ordination as Deacons. The course will be opening in the winter of 2023 to prepare individuals to apply for a Lay Preaching license. Similar to 2022, we are forming cohorts of students in Spanish and English and seeking adult learners of all ages and educational backgrounds who are actively involved in ministry in their congregations and demonstrate gifts in lay leadership. Haga clic aquí para obtener información en español.

Program orientation will be in late Febraury. Adult learners of all ages and educational backgrounds who are actively involved in ministry in their congregations and demonstrate gifts in lay leadership are encouraged to apply. The course is offered in English and Spanish, and tuition is $180 per year or $15 per month for 12 months. We are still accepting applications for the Spanish Cohort 2023, but the English Cohort application closed on Friday, January 20th.

How do I apply?

  1. Click the link for more information and to fill out the online application in English or Español
  2. Request a letter of recommendation from your Rector/Vicar/Priest in Charge

Questions? Contact The Rev. Katherine B. Doar, School for Ministry Dean, Diocese of El Camino Real at

This is an exciting and evolving frontier of our mission to shape new leaders, lay and ordained, from the full diversity and gifts of our diocese to meet the challenges of our evolving church and the ministry needs our unique context. Watch here for all the exciting developments coming soon for local formation for our diocese here on the west coast.



A Storied Pilgrimage with Race” is a unique curriculum and approach to exploring issues of race in our diocese. It is a holy offering of video interviews, education materials, action items and reflections. Completion of this pilgrimage will fulfill the requirement for Anti-Racism training in the Diocese of El Camino Real.

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Social justice

The vision of the Social Justice Committee is to foster and encourage ministry striving for justice and peace among all people. The Social Justice Committee connects to other organizations working in the same areas of interest. Within the Episcopal Church these include Sustain Island Home, the Episcopal Public Policy Network and the California Episcopal Public Policy Network. The committee supports organizations such as the Diocese of Navajoland and Cristosal.

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The diocese regularly partners with COPA (Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action). COPA is a regional non-profit organization consisting of dues-paying member institutions across Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties – including congregations, schools, non-profits, and unions. COPA develops leaders capable of working together to address the issues affecting families in local communities. It has achieved success on issues such as affordable housing, healthcare access, safety, immigration, education and economic development.

COPA is part of Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), a network of broad-based organizations building power to revitalize our democracy for constructive social and economic change. Member institutions include religious congregations, schools, civic associations, labor and professional organizations, and non-profits. Each organization is politically non-partisan and seeks to:

  • Build relationships of trust among people and institutions across the racial, denominational, economic and geographic boundaries that divide cities;
  • Strengthen congregations and community institutions by developing the skills and capacity of their leaders;
  • Create a vehicle for ordinary families to have a powerful voice in the decisions that affect their lives and communities;

Take action on concrete, winnable issues that transform our communities.

Creation Care

As we are called by God to care for creation, we support policies that protect the natural resources that sustain all life on Earth. The Episcopal Church’s Covenant for the Care of Creation is a commitment to practice loving formation, liberating advocacy and life-giving conversation as individuals, congregations, ministries and dioceses.

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