[The Episcopal News] Bloy House, the Episcopal Theological School, Los Angeles, has scheduled several classes this winter for Episcopalians seeking lay leadership licensing in the Diocese of Los Angeles.
The school’s new program is for laypersons who wish to take on greater leadership roles in their congregations or other ministries. “Certain ministries, as outlined in the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church, are lifted up by an official licensing and training process allowing those who are licensed an even greater scope and authority in their work,” says its website. The lay ministries that will benefit from this training are: Eucharistic minister, Eucharistic visitor, preacher, evangelist, catechist, pastoral leader, worship leader, and parish and diocesan chaplain.
Learn more about lay leadership licensing here.
Winter 2024 lay licensing and formation classes
Beginning Preaching for Lay Licensing
Thursdays, Feb. 15, 22, 29 and March 7
7 – 8:30 p.m. via Zoom
Facilitators: The Rev. Kay Sylvester, rector at St. Paul’s Church, Tustin; and Mark Milliron, lay minister at St. Stephen’s Church, Beaumont
This class, part of the lay licensing curriculum, is required for the lay preacher and lay pastoral leader licenses and recommended for the lay worship leader license. However, the course may be of general interest to those not pursuing a lay license at this time. The class will discuss theories about preaching; sermon preparation and construction; working with the lectionary; methods of sermon delivery; and the unique role of preaching in Episcopal worship and gatherings. Note: in order to complete the class, participants will be required to prepare and deliver a sermon to the sponsoring clergy and a small group of parishioners outside of a worship service. The audience will be given a feedback form to fill out. This should be scheduled preferably between the third and fourth session so that the feedback can be shared with the instructor. More instructions will be given in the first class, but students should share this requirement with sponsoring clergy in advance.
The Book of Common Prayer for Lay Licensing
Wednesdays, Feb. 28 and Mar. 6, 13, 20
7 – 8:30 p.m. via Zoom
Facilitator: Melissa Hayes, director of liturgy at All Saints Church, Pasadena
This class, part of the lay licensing curriculum, is required for the worship leader and lay pastoral leader licenses. However, the course may be of general interest to those not pursuing a lay license at this time. The class will take a close look at the Book of Common Prayer, particularly understanding its practical use in leading worship. Participants will learn how to lead Morning and Evening Prayer services; how to plan worship services; and how to serve communion from reserved sacrament. Other worship services found in the Book of Common Prayer applicable to the Lay Worship Leader will also be discussed, as well as the use of other authorized worship resources. Note: in order to complete the class, participants will be required to plan and lead a prayer service for the sponsoring clergy and a small group of parishioners. The audience will be given a feedback form to fill out. This should be scheduled preferably between the third and fourth session so that the feedback can be shared with the instructor. More instructions will be given in the first class, but students should share this requirement with sponsoring clergy in advance.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1300 E. Colorado Street, Glendale 91205
Facilitators: The Very Rev. Gary Hall, president, and Linda Allport, dean of Bloy House
How would you describe the modern Episcopal Church – its theology, its worship and community, its history, its organization, and what you love about it – to a friend who has never experienced it? A deeper dive than a confirmation class; even cradle Episcopalians will learn something new about the church. Lunch will be provided. This class is required for all licensed lay ministries, except Eucharistic Minister, where it is recommended. Note: Since it is being held in person, a minimum of 15 registrations will be necessary to hold the class.
The fee for each class is $25 (some scholarship funds are available). Visit the Bloy House website for more information.