Licensed Ministries

In the Diocese of Tennessee, those persons recommended by the priest-in-charge of a congregation and licensed by the bishop, must be adult confirmed communicants in good standing, and be carefully chosen and trained.

Licensed Ministries include:

Eucharistic Ministers

A Eucharistic Minister is a lay person authorized to administer the Consecrated Elements at a Celebration of Holy Eucharist. A Eucharistic Minister should normally act under the direction of a Deacon, if any, or otherwise, the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith (Canon III.4.6).

Eucharistic Visitors

A Eucharistic Visitor is a lay person authorized to take the Consecrated Elements in a timely manner following a Celebration of Holy Eucharist to members of the congregation who, by reason of illness or infirmity, were unable to be present at the Celebration. A Eucharistic Visitor should normally act under the direction of a Deacon, if any, or otherwise, the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith (Canon III.4.7).

Pastoral Leader

A Pastoral Leader is a lay person authorized to exercise pastoral or administrative responsibility in a congregation under special circumstances, as defined by the Bishop (Canon III.4.3).

Worship Leader

A Worship Leader is a lay person who regularly leads public worship under the direction of the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith (Canon III.4.4).

Catechist

A Catechist is a lay person authorized to prepare persons for Baptism, Confirmation, Reception, and the Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows, and shall function under the direction of the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith (Canon III.4.8).

Preacher

A Preacher is a lay person authorized to preach. Persons so authorized shall only preach in congregations under the direction of the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith (Canon III.4.5).

Evangelist

An Evangelist is a lay person who presents the good news of Jesus Christ in such a way that people are led to
receive Christ as Savior and follow Christ as Lord in the fellowship of the Church. An Evangelist assists with the community’s ministry of evangelism in partnership with the Presbyter or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation, or as directed by the Bishop (Canon III.4.9).

Eucharistic Ministers and Eucharistic Visitors

The most common licensed ministries in the Diocese of Tennessee are Eucharistic Minister and Eucharistic Visitor. Licenses may be granted at any time, with renewals taking place in Advent of lectionary year B.

In the case of extended transitions, where there is no Priest-in-charge/interim, a Senior Warden may request license renewals.

Requests for new licenses should wait until a new priest is in place. Extenuating circumstances may be discussed on a case by case basis with Canon Howard.