Under the direction of the Bishop, a Pastoral Leader is a lay person authorized to exercise pastoral and administrative responsibility in a congregation under special circumstances.
- A personal sense of ministry. A person of prayer who seeks to develop their own spirituality.
- A mentor is required for the first year after licensure. The lay licensing committee can assist you find a mentor.
- Ability to analyze, prioritize, plan and pay attention to detail.
- Takes initiative in working both independently and with a group.
- Ability to complete tasks in a timely manner.
- Understands necessity of confidentiality.
- Good communication skills.
- Listens well.
- Seeks and listens for significant thoughts, ideas, and feelings of the person or group.
- Articulates thoughts and ideas in a manner that is comforting, clear, and concise.
- Ability to effectively work in ministry teams
- Ability to facilitate and/or coordinate services to parishioners in the following circumstances:
- counsel, comfort, and pray with persons afflicted with illnesses of all kinds and can offer the same to family and friends of the ill person.
- aid and comfort families and individuals in issues of death and dying.
- counsel and comfort families and individual in typical pastoral care issues including, but not limited to:
- Life transitions
- Children and parenting
- Care of aging parents
- Human relationships or their lack (loneliness)
- Economic hardship
- Alcoholism and substance abuse
- Hospitalizations and other medical situations.
- Can make referral to professional caregiver when appropriate.
- Can prepare financial reports and maintain financial records in collaboration with the Parish and Diocesan Treasurers
- Can prepare the annual Parochial Report
- Can properly maintain:
- the Service Register
- membership records and execute letters of transfer
- the Parish Register
- A basic understanding of Holy Scripture (Old and New Testaments), church history, The Book of Common Prayer, ethics and theology (at the level of catechism and creeds).
- A college level understanding of psychology and family systems theory.
- Basic principles of spiritual development and spiritual direction.
- Familiarization with the Church’s Manual of Business Methods.
- A general knowledge of the Canons, polity, structure and decision-making process of the Episcopal Church.
- Specific knowledge of The Canons of The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of West Missouri that relate to parish administration.
- A general knowledge of bookkeeping and insurance.
Education and Training Resources
- Pastoral Leader Certificate Program, Bishop Kemper School of Ministry bishopkemperschool.org (Preferred)
- Any educational training available through the Diocese including, but not limited to:
- Leadership Essential presentations. This is a series of educational offerings from the Bishop’s Staff.
- 1 unit from a Continuing Pastoral Education Program (CPE).
- The Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership (CALL), particularly the “A Pastoral Care Series” of online courses.
- Courses from accredited seminaries, local or through distance learning.
- Education For Ministry (EFM).
To Be Licensed
- Recommendation of Rector/Priest-in-Charge/ and Vestry/Bishop’s Committee
- Recommendation of the Finance Director/Diocesan Treasurer
- Personal visit with the Bishop
- Criminal background check. Contact the Human Resource Administrator and Finance Assistant for information.
- Completion of Anti-Racism and Diversity Training Course. Contact Shirley Bolden at email@example.com for information.
- At the time of licensure, the lay licensing committee will work with the licensee to find a mentor that can provide them with support and guidance as they begin this ministry.
- Safe Church, Safe Community training modules are required. Contact the Human Resource Administrator and Finance Assistant for information.
- An Introduction to Pastoral Care. Charles Gerkin, Abingdon Press, 1997.
- Crisis Counseling. Howard W. Stone, Augsburg Fortress Publishers, Revised Edition 1993.
- All Our Losses, All Our Griefs: Resources for Pastoral Care. Kenneth Mitchell and Herbert Anderson, Westminster John Knox Press, 1983.
- How Will They Hear Us If We Don’t Listen. Ronald Johnson, Broadman and Holman Publishers, 1994.
- Creative Ministry. Henri J.M. Nouwen, Doubleday, 1991.
- Caring for God’s People. Philip Culbertson, Fortress Press, 2000.
- Teaching …Sermons on Suffering. Barbara Brown Taylor, Abingdon Press, 1989.
- Generation to Generation. Edwin H. Friedman. The Guilford Press, 1985.
- Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairs. Episcopal Parish Services. 2001.
- How Your Church Family Works: Understanding Congregations as Emotional Systems. Peter Steinke. Alban Institute, Inc. 2006
- The Diocese of West Missouri Mentoring Guidelines.
11-28-2022. Original version posted.