The Diocese of Tennessee tries to provide an abundance of support to our clergy. Providing necessary forms, guides for administrative duties, and a clergy directory, it’s our goal to make it easy for our clergy to access the resources they need and tools that will be useful to them.
For more assistance, please contact the diocesan office at 615-251-3322.
The Bishop’s Visitation is an expression of the mission and ministry of the Church. It is an extension of the charge given to the bishop at ordination to “encourage and support all baptized people in their gifts and ministries, nourish them from the riches of God’s grace, pray for them without ceasing, and celebrate with them the sacraments of our redemption” (BCP, p.518).
The Visitation Guide can help each parish prepared for the bishop’s annual visit, with guidelines and protocol for confirmations, baptism, vestry meetings, hospitality, and more.
Prior to the bishop’s annual visitation, the Bishop Visitation Form and the Visitation Verification List must be completed.
For more information or assistance, please contact Sandra Beld.
The 2022 Vestry Information sheet gathers all information for vestry members for 2022 as well as committee chairs. Please return this form to the diocese office by March 1, 2022.Submit Vestry Information
We strive to keep our Clergy Directory and our Diocesan database current. Please fill out the below form in its entirety and submit. We do ask for family information so that our Clergy Spouse group can support your spouse as well as your children’s information so we may connect our families together. Thank you for your help!Clergy Information Form
Supply Clergy are canonically resident or licensed to officiate clergy in the Diocese of Tennessee. They may be called upon to serve in the absence of a rector, vicar, or priest-in-charge.
If you’d like to be included on the current EDTN Supply Clergy List, please fill out our form.
The Supply Compensation Guidelines detail the recommended minimum rates for supply services. Current suggested rates for supply are as follows:
Please email Diocesan Administrator Sandra Beld for a current list of supply clergy.Download the Current Supply Clergy Compensation Guidelines
The Episcopal Church requires the annual filing of a report by every Parish or other Congregation of this Church. The report needs to be submitted to the Bishop of the Diocese no later than March 1, and to the national church no later than May 1.
The report (commonly known as the Parochial Report) includes statistical and financial information from each Parish or Congregation. It’s the joint duty of the Rector, or other Member of the Clergy in charge, and the lay leadership of the congregation to prepare and file the Parochial Report.Access the 2022 Parochial Report
According to the Canons of The Episcopal Church, no member of the clergy shall solemnize the remarriage of any member of the Church unless there is appropriate evidence that the prior marriage has been dissolved by a judgement or decree in a civil court.
The member of the clergy must also have instructed the parties that concern must be shown for a prior spouse and any children of the prior marriage, when applicable.
The member of the clergy must consult with and obtain consent of the Bishop of the Diocese of Tennessee prior to solemnization of any marriage. Send a letter along with the Application for Consent to Remarry and a copy of the decree of dissolution of the prior marriage.Application for Consent to Remarry
General Convention 2018 passed resolution B012 (available here at the General Convention Archives) at the which made two trial rites for marriage available for use throughout the church. As approved previously at General Convention in 2015, and consistent with other non-Prayer Book liturgies, the use of these Rites required the permission of the Diocesan Bishop. Resolution B012 carved out a distinct form of authorization for the trial rites for marriage, beginning in Advent of 2018, no longer requiring Episcopal Permission for their use.
The resolution provided a means for Diocesan Bishops who would not otherwise approve the liturgies to refrain from providing pastoral oversight of the use of the liturgies in their diocese by inviting another Bishop to provide pastoral support.More information is available here
The Diocese of Tennessee is gifted with an endowment fund for clergy support for Continuing Education or Professional Development. Each clergy member may submit an application for these funds (up to $500 annually) for assistance with Continuing Education or Professional Development.Application for Continuing Ed. Support
At their meeting on May 13, 2023 the Bishop and Council adopted a proposal that was, in spirit, an extension of the Diocesan Sabbatical Policy which was first adopted in 1996 and revised in 2006. In part, that policy reads:
The Diocese of Tennessee believes that periods of renewal are valuable to both clergy and congregations. The Bishop and Council wishes to establish a sabbatical policy for active, parochial clergy to encourage thoughtful times of refreshment and renewal in the belief that this will further God’s work in this Diocese.
Sabbatical Grant Request
When natural disasters occur throughout the state, country, or world, we reach out as we can and remember those neighbors in prayer. And though disaster can strike at home, often with little or no warning, there are ways to be prepared for the event, remain safe during it, and regroup in the aftermath.
The Emergency Preparedness Manual helps clergy and lay leaders develop a disaster plan. Having a plan in place can not only save property, but lives of the community, as well.Emergency Preparedness Manual
Clergy who are canonically resident in other Dioceses of the Episcopal Church who desire to officiate at services in the Diocese of Tennessee beyond the canonically allowed two month time-frame need to submit to a background check (at their cost or the cost of the church at which they plan to supply), fill out the application, and meet with the Bishop.
After submitting the application, please reach out to our Diocesan Administrator, Sandra Beld, to request a background check. Once the background check has been returned, a meeting may be scheduled with the Bishop.
For clergy renewing their license: Licenses must be renewed each year and a report submitted. Please fill out the application here (no background check or meeting with the bishp required for renewals). Your application and report can be mailed to the Diocesan office or emailed to Sandra Beld at email@example.com.
There are a number of licensed lay ministries in the Episcopal Church. Among the most prevalent are Eucharistic Minister and Eucharistic Visitor. There is a regular licensing schedule for these two ministries with licenses being renewed on a triennial basis on the first Sunday of Advent in Year A.
Requirements for becoming a Eucharistic Visitor: Those wishing to engage in the ministry of a Eucharistic Visitor must be confirmed communicants in good standing, be trained and have a background check on file, and must be recommended by the priest and be licensed by the Bishop for this ministry.
Other Licensed Ministries: The Canons define several other licensed ministries. Clergy wishing to recommend parishioners for licensing to these ministries should reach out to the Canon to the Ordinary for more information.
Ministry, Leadership, and Mission is gathering of clergy new to the Diocese of Tennessee, or who have moved to new to positions from elsewhere within the Diocese.
Over the course of several monthly meetings a cohort is formed where people can learn about the Diocese of Tennessee, share their experiences of ministry, their hopes for the future, and occasionally their frustrations in a confidential and supportive environment.
Learning together, sharing insights, and getting to know one another support the ministry of each priest and builds the collegiality among the clergy of the Diocese.
Canon Jody Howard
Diocese of Tennessee
3700 Woodmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37215