ETH Lay Preacher Training Program in Six Dioceses – Episcopal News Service
The Episcopal Preaching Foundation today announced the selection of six dioceses to lead the Foundation’s Lay Formation Initiative (“LPTI”). These will be the Episcopal Dioceses of East Tennessee; Central Gulf Coast; Minnesota; North Carolina; Nebraska; and Lexington.
Funded by a grant from Trinity Church Wall Street, the goal of LPTI is to develop a strong cadre of lay preachers from their local communities who can complement the ordained pulpit clergy. By training and supporting lay preachers in the Episcopal Church, the program aims to establish lay preaching and lay leadership as a fourth dimension of diocesan leadership in the Episcopal Church alongside bishops, priests and deacons.
Trinity’s Leadership Development Initiative awarded the grant as part of its strategy to prepare religious leaders for action in the Church and globally by promoting and sharing innovations in practical leadership development. , based on faith and skills in theological education.
“Lay leaders play an important role in how the Church will prosper and serve the world in the future, and we are pleased to support the efforts of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation to train a new generation of preachers and lay leaders. skilled, efficient and loyal, ”said Robert Garris, Managing Director of Trinity’s Leadership Development Initiative.
It is expected that lay preachers trained under the pilot program will serve congregations without full-time or dual-vocation clergy, provide second-language preaching where the need exists, and offer a different voice of the Good News to the community. within church communities of all sizes, as well as providing calendar relief on the preaching list as needed.
The Rt. The Rev. Brian D. Cole, Bishop of the Diocese of East Tennessee, commented:
“For the Episcopal Preaching Foundation, giving intentional energy to secular preaching equipment recognizes that ministry begins with baptism. In the New Testament Church we hear a choir of voices proclaiming the Word with words. I believe that the renewal of the Episcopal Church in this time will come quickly when we invite the choir, all of God’s people, to boldly proclaim the history of God in us now.
Beginning immediately, each pilot diocese will launch the program by appointing a diocesan “champion” who will undergo an intensive six-week training during the second semester of 2021. Once trained, the diocesan champions will each initiate the recruitment and training of six lay preachers including training will begin in early 2022 and continue for a period of two years.
National LPTI Coordinator, Rev. Dr. Stephen Smith added:
“We have chosen the dioceses that we believe could have the most impact on a training program designed for the whole church. I have no doubt that what we are learning through this process will lead to a program and a process that any diocese could use to raise and train lay preachers ”
The development and deployment of the LPTI program is guided by an advisory board of preachers, teachers and bishops. The final training program for champions and lay preachers in training will be made available to all interested dioceses once fully validated and refined through the pilot program.
Gary Shilling, Founder and President of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation summarized the importance of this program for EPF:
“All the studies show that good preaching is perhaps the most consistent mark of a vibrant ward. EPF is privileged to partner with Trinity Church Wall Street to develop this important program which has the potential to spread to all dioceses that can benefit from the learning process the Foundation is just beginning through this pilot program.
About the Episcopal Preaching Foundation
The Episcopal Preaching Foundation encourages excellent preaching in the Episcopal Church. EPF strongly believes in the fundamental role of preaching in energizing and strengthening church membership and attendance in today’s challenging environment, as recently documented by Gallup and the Pew Research Center. Founded in 1987, the foundation began its programs in earnest immediately. Since then, more than 1,800 seminarians have gone through its preaching excellence program, including many bishops and a presiding bishop. More recently, the EPF has broadened its programming to include practicing parish clergy through the annual conference (“PEP-II”) and ad hoc diocesan and deacon conferences.
About Trinity Church Wall Street
Now in its fourth century, Trinity Church Wall Street is a growing and inclusive episcopal parish of over 1,200 members that seeks to serve and heal the world by building neighborhoods that live gospel truths, generations of faithful leaders and sustainable communities. The parish is guided by its core values: faith, integrity, inclusion, compassion, social justice and stewardship. Members come from the five boroughs of New York and the surrounding areas to form a racial, ethnic and economic congregation. More than 20 worship services are offered each week in its historic shrines, the Trinity Church and Saint Paul’s Chapel, cornerstones of community life, worship and the mission of the parish, and online at trinitywallstreet.org. The parish receives about 2 million visitors per year.
For more information please contact:
Foundation of episcopal preaching
Peter Wild (executive director)
Mobile (203) 448 8801
500 Morris Avenue, Ste. 304
Springfield, NJ 07081