Lay Preaching Program
One Gospel, many voices: Faithful preaching for your church.

What is a Lay Preacher?

Lay preachers proclaim the Gospel effectively and faithfully, offering biblically-based sermons that are rooted in real-life experiences. Lay preachers are trained through our two-year diocesan Lay Preaching Program, which combines independent study, group classes, one-on-one mentoring, and training by diocesan clergy. Many lay preachers 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.

Contact: The Rev. Bridget McManus, Program Director

phone: (315) 317-0524 | e-mail

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.

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 course begins in the fall, and applications are generally posted in the late spring and due in July. If you’re interested in joining the Lay Preaching program in 2020, please contact the Program Director (see above).

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