Laity

Lay leaders strive to represent Christ and his Church in every aspect of their lives, both within the Church and beyond. Lay leaders play a vital role in promoting the mission of the Church, which is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ. Lay leaders are not ordained, yet specialized training is available to strengthen their ministries.

  • Read Paths to Discipleship, for a broader outline of discernment and formation in the Diocese of Virginia.

Lay Formation

  • Education for Ministry (EfM) is a program of theological education created by Sewanee's School of Theology. Through individual and group study, worship, and the process of theological reflection, participants in an EfM community move toward a greater understanding of the fullness of God's kingdom and discover opportunities for responding to their own personal call to ministry. There are more than 30 active EfM groups in the Diocese of Virginia, listed here. For more information, please contact EfM coordinator Jane Dowrick at efmvirginia@gmail.com.
  • Continuing Education through Virginia Theological Seminary.
  • Online Continuing Education through Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP).
  • Masters of Arts at Virginia Theological Seminary. An MA through VTS equips Christian educators and other lay professionals for ministry, but an MA is not recommended for those in discernment for the priesthood or the diaconate.

Lay Employment and Ministry

See open lay positions in the Diocese of Virginia.
See open lay positions across the Episcopal Church.
Serve on a diocesan committee or commission. Nominate yourself or someone you feel is called to take part in this vital aspect of diocesan life.
Apply to serve as a Diocesan Spiritual Discernment Facilitator (DSDF). DSDFs play a crucial role in vocational discernment in the Diocese of Virginia.

Young Adult Leadership

Grace on the Hill is a ministry of St. Andrew’s Church in partnership with the Diocese of Virginia for young adults in their twenties to engage their Christian faith through a 10-month period of service, vocational discernment and leadership formation. Grace on the Hill is part of a network of over 25 Episcopal Service Corps programs across the United States. More info here.

The Young Priest Initiative, the Diocese of Virginia's vehicle for finding, forming and supporting its young leaders. YPI allows interns to discern a call to leadership outside of the typical parish setting. Participants reflect upon their call to ministry as a part of an intentional process and through an internship.

For more, visit the Young Adult Ministry page.

Contact

Questions? Contact Ed Keithly, deputy director of transition minsitry: ekeithly@thediocese.net.