Discernment for Ordained Ministry

If you are sensing that God is calling you to ordained ministry, there is information here to help you with the next steps.

Persons desiring to explore a call to ordained ministry, as priests or deacons, should begin by speaking with their parish priest who, with other parish leaders, will assist them in their discernment. The steps for this initial stage of the process include a parish discernment conversation, commendation form from the parish, and individual information form, all of which are available from the Bishop’s Office or from Diocesan Ministry Developer, the Rev. Heather McCance. Once these are all submitted to the Bishop’s Office, they are forwarded to the Diocesan Discernment Coordinating Team.

Diocesan Discernment Coordinating Team

The Discernment Coordinating Team is made up of the Bishop, Ministry Developer, and chairs of three bodies, each dedicated to supporting the discernment and formation of individuals for different forms of ministry: priests, deacons, and local collaborative ministry. Together, the DCT reviews applications and directs them to the appropriate formation stream.

Ordination Streams

1. Ordination to the transitional diaconate and, subsequently, priesthood. (see below)

2. The Diaconate: The distinct order of the diaconate is recognized in our Diocese.   (Go to Diaconate)

3. Local Collaborative Ministry:  The diocese has embraced a model of LCM which includes a process of discerning, affirming, and equipping members of a ministry team.  This can include LCM deacons and priests. (Go to Local Collaborative Ministry)

The Priestly Ministry Team

The members of the Priestly Ministry Team (PMT) are lay and ordained, and serve as an advisory body to the Bishop. They review applications, interview candidates, and make recommendations to the Bishop at various points regarding an applicant’s suitability for priestly ministry. Working with the Diocesan Ministry Developer, they also monitor and make suggestions about a postulant’s formation (theological education, spiritual formation, field work, etc.).

The full process from discernment to ordination as a priest can be found here

Documents:

Anglican Church of Canada Ordination Prerequistes

Parish Formation Teams (Jan 2018)

Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination (ACPO):https://www.anglican.ca/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/APCO-Handbook.pdf

Rupert’s Land  Field Education Handbook