Commission on Ministry

The mission of the Commission on Ministry is to support:

  • All baptized persons to discern and act on their calls to ministry, using the gifts given to them in service to God.
  • Congregations to actively recognize, affirm and enable their individual members to participate in making the Kingdom of God visible through works of compassion, justice and witness to the world.

The Commission on Ministry is appointed by the Bishop to advise and assist him in all matters specified by the Canons of the General Convention as follows: 

  • Determining present and future needs for ministry in the Diocese.
  • Recruiting and selecting persons for holy orders, and guiding and examining postulants and candidates for orders.
  • Providing for the guidance and pastoral care of clergy and lay persons who are in stipendiary and non-stipendiary positions accountable to the Bishop.
  • Promoting the continuing education of the clergy and lay professionals employed by the Church.
  • Supporting the developing, training, utilization and affirmation of the ministry of the laity in the world.
  • Submitting a report of the work done under its supervision during the preceding year to each convention. 

Important 2017 Discernment Dates

 

COM Discernment Process Informational Meeting

For those who are interested in finding out what the discernment process looks like and their parish priest.

January 14, 2017, 10 a.m.–noon

St. Mary’s,  

36014 Sunset Dr., Dousman, WI

Parish Ministry Discernment Committee (PMDC) Training

For aspirants who have attended the Information Meeting, their PMDC members and parish priest.

March 4, 2017, 9 a.m.–noon

St. Mary’s,  

36014 Sunset Dr., Dousman, WI

Ministry Discernment Weekend (MDW)

For aspirants whose PMDC has recommended them to continue in the discernment process.

September 22–23, 2017

Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee Manual for Discernment

Complete Manual of Resources for Discerning a Call to Ministry Lay and Ordained

 

To download only the section of the manual that is needed for your discernment process, see below. 

Manuals for Discernment for Lay Ministry and Professional Chaplaincy

Discerning a Call to Lay Ministry for All Baptized Persons

Discerning a Call to Lay Professional Chaplains

Discerning a Call for Ordained Professional Chaplains

Manuals for Discernment for Holy Orders

Discerning a Call for Vocational Diaconate

Discerning a Call for Priesthood

Discerning a Call for Priesthood for Previously Ordained Clergy in Historic Succession

Discerning a Call for Priesthood for Previously Ordained Clergy Not in Historic Succession

Manuals for Parish Ministry Discernment Committees

PMDC Manual for Lay Professional Chaplaincy

PMDC Manual for Holy Orders

Manuals for the Commission on Ministry

COM Manual for Ministry Discernment Weekend

COM Manual for Candidacy and Ordination Interviews

Required Documents and Forms for Discernment

Authorization to Release Information to Diocese

Authorization to Release Information to Applicant

Behavior Screening Questionnaire

Life History Questionnaire

Medical Exam Form

Mental Health Exam Form

Nominee Personal Information Form

Resources

Spiritual Directors for lay people and clergy

Resources for Congregational Discernment

Seminaries

Deacons' Formation School

 

Please contact the Rev. Jana Troutman-Miller, Chair of the Commission on Ministry, with any questions: .

Upcoming Events

May
2

Commission on Mission and Development

First Tuesday of the month, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

May
4

Clergy Day May 2017

Thursday, May 04, 2017, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

May
10

Finance Committee Meeting

Second Wednesday of the month, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

May
20

DCDI

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Sunday, May 21, 2017