The Commission on Ministry oversees the entire discernment process, making recommendations to the Bishop at various stages. No one can proceed from one stage to the next without the Bishop’s consent.
Our handbook has been prepared by the Bishop and Commission on Ministry of the Diocese of Tennessee. It is designed to help explore the call to ministry and it will help those who evaluate and give through the process, which may lead to ordination.
Much of the material in this Handbook concerns ordained ministry, but it is a document with a much wider purpose, intended to be of help to all those who seek to do discernment within the Church. It represents a further step toward claiming the ministry of all the baptized People of God.
The Diocese of Tennessee seeks to live into this vision of ministry. This Handbook attempts to express the teaching of Scripture, the Book of Common Prayer, and the Canons of the Diocese of Tennessee and the Episcopal Church.Download the Handbook
These forms are referenced by the Holy Orders forms in the Handbook of Discernment of Ministry.
Deacons are living symbols of Christ’s presence as they embody Christ’s servant ministry and point to the presence of Christ in those they serve. The Vocational Diaconate Program is meant for anyone who feel calls to be a deacon.
The process is intended to be completed in 2 years minimum. Before ordination, each candidate shall be prepared in and demonstrate basic competence in 5 general areas: