Episcopal Diocese of Washington

To draw people to Jesus and embody his love
for the world by equipping faith communities,
promoting spiritual growth, and striving for justice

Licensed Lay Ministries

Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde issues licenses for lay persons to serve as pastoral leaders, worship leaders or preachers; to help administer the Eucharist as Eucharistic ministers; to act as Eucharistic visitors, taking Holy Communion to congregants not present during worship; or to offer instruction in the faith as catechists. 

Who May Be Licensed in Lay Ministry?

A confirmed communicant in good standing may serve as Pastoral Leader, Worship Leader, Preacher, Eucharistic Minister, Eucharistic Visitor or Catechist, if licensed by the bishop. A licensed lay minister may serve in another congregation in the diocese at the invitation of the clergy member in charge of that congregation.

Please read the Requirements & Standards for Lay Ministry document for more information.

What Training is Required?

Training for Eucharistic Ministers and Visitors is provided by the clergy in each congregation. In addition, each Eucharistic Visitor must attend the Safe Church training offered periodically by the diocese.

How Are Licenses Issued?

Licenses are issued only at the request of the clergy person in charge of the congregation in which the person will be serving. The license shall be issued for a period of up to one year.

The clergy should complete the Online License Request Form, whether it's a new license or renewal.  All licenses for any particular region will expire on the same date, regardless of the date of issue.

Renewal of Licenses

License renewals will be processed by regions, as follows, to aid in the efficient distribution of the administrative work:

  • North DC: September 30
  • Central DC: February 28
  • South DC: December 31
  • North Montgomery: April 30
  • Central Montgomery June 30
  • South Montgomery: April 30 
  • North Prince George's: August 31
  • Southern Maryland: October 31

Contact: Kimberly Vaughn