Lay Preaching Program

What is a Lay Preacher?

Our two-year diocesan Lay Preaching Program prepares lay preachers to proclaim the Gospel effectively and faithfully, preaching biblically-based sermons rooted in real-life experiences. The program combines independent study, group classes, one-on-one mentoring, and training by diocesan clergy. All licensed lay preachers are approved by the bishop. Many are also experienced, licensed Worship Leaders, able to lead Morning Prayer or other services when clergy are not present.

By inviting a lay preacher to preach at one of your congregation’s upcoming worship services, you’ll be offering your congregation a fresh voice with an authentic, resonant perspective on the Gospel. A lay preacher is also a great option any time that clergy cannot be present to preach.

Become a Lay Preacher

Lay Preaching Program students commit to a two-year course of study. Classes meet four times a year for theological reflection, practical exercises, and a master preaching class. The curriculum includes training in biblical exegesis, sermon preparation and public speaking.

The application for the next Lay Preaching program class, running from fall 2019 through spring 2020, is due July 1st.

Bring a Lay Preacher to Your Parish

A list of lay preachers is available in the Supply Clergy Roster. Most lay preachers are also licensed worship leaders. We recommend reaching out at least two weeks in advance to make arrangements for your upcoming worship service.

Compensation: Parishes should reimburse any lay preacher for mileage at the current non-charitable IRS rate (see IRS Mileage Reimbursement Rates (2019)). In addition, it is acceptable, but not required, for a parish to offer an honorarium of up to $100.

Contact: The Rev. Bridget McManus, Program Director

phone: (315) 317-0524 | e-mail

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