A Worship Leader is a lay person who regularly leads public worship under the direction of the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith.
- A personal sense of ministry. A person of prayer who seeks to develop their own spirituality.
- One who can reverently lead the community in worship.
- A strong, clear, and articulate voice.
- The ability to share responsibility for worship with other ministers of the congregation.
- The ability to plan and lead the following liturgies:
- The Daily Offices
- The Burial of the Dead
- The ability to plan and assist at the following liturgies:
- The Holy Eucharist
- Holy Baptism
- The Proper Liturgies for Special Days
- The Pastoral Offices
- A prayerful person who reads well and/or can pray spontaneously putting into words what is on the heart of those present.
- The ability to provide pastoral support to families and congregations at time of need and/or crisis under the direction of clergy.
- The ability to obtain an authorized sermon and to deliver it.
- A basic understanding of Holy Scripture (Old and New Testaments), Church History, Ethics and Theology (at the level of catechism and creeds).
- A detailed knowledge of the Book of Common Prayer, especially rubrics.
- The Book of Occasional Services, Lesser Feasts and Fasts, A Great Cloud of Witnesses.
- Pronunciation of names and other difficult words in Scripture.
- The Calendar of the Church Year, and a basic understanding of the seasons.
- The BCP Lectionaries and the Revised Common Lectionary.
- Knowledge of the Hymnal 1982 and other music resources.
- Canons of the Episcopal Church, Title II: Worship.
Education and Training Possibilities
- Coursework at Bishop Kemper School of Ministry www.bishopkemperschool.org “Sacramental Theology”.
- Education for Ministry (EFM)
- Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership (CALL) Liturgy and Worship Series, CESP.edu
- Liturgics courses offered by Episcopal Seminaries.
To be licensed
- For initial licensure, be able to demonstrate knowledge of Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, Ante-Communion, and Funerals to Rector/Vicar/Priest-in-charge and Vestry/Bishop’s Committee.
- 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.
- Completion of Anti-Racism and Diversity Training offered by Diocese. Contact Shirley Bolden at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
- Criminal background check. Contact the Human Resource Administrator and Finance Assistant for information.
- Recommendation of Rector/Vicar/Priest-in-charge and Vestry/Bishop’s Committee.
- Safe Church, Safe Community training modules are required. Contact the Human Resource Administrator and Finance Assistant for information.
- For re-licensure,
- Report number of times that individual has served as Worship Leader.
- Recommend taking the course “Sacramental Theology” at BKSM.
- Report from Priest-in-Charge and mentor.
- The Book of Common Prayer. Church Hymnal Corporation, 1979.
- The Hymnal, 1982. Church Hymnal Corporation, 1985.
- The Book of Occasional Services (most recent edition)
- Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (most recent edition)
- Canons of the Episcopal Church, Title II (Worship).
- A Commentary on the American Prayer Book. Marion J. Hatchett, Seabury Press, 1981, 1995.
- A Guide to the Practice of Church Music. Marion J. Hatchett, New York: Church Publishing, 1989.
- Opening the Prayer Book (The New Church’s Teaching Series, Volume 7). Jeffrey Lee. Cambridge: Cowley Publications, 1999.
- Praying Shapes Believing. Leonel L. Mitchell, Minneapolis: Winston Press,1985.
- Sermons That Work. Sermons for each Sunday prepared by the Episcopal Church USA; available at: http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/stw/
- Enriching Our Worship
- Pastoral and Occasional Liturgy: A Ceremonial Guide. Leonel L. Mitchell. Boston: Cowley Publications, 1998
- The Book of Common Prayer, a Biography. Alan Jacobs. Princeton University Press, Reprint Edition, 2019
- The Oxford Guide to the Book of Common Prayer. Charles Hefling and Cynthia, Editors. Oxford University Press, 2008.
- Back Story Preaching: Integrating Life, Spirituality, and Craft. Lisa Cressman. Liturgical Press, 2018.
- The Sacraments in Protestant Practice and Faith. James White. Abingdon Press, 1999.
- Any Body There – Worship and Being Human in the Digital Age. Craig Mueller. Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2017.
- The Diocese of West Missouri Mentoring Guidelines.
11-28-2022. Original version posted.