Licensed Preaching Program
What is a Licensed Preacher?
Our two-year diocesan Licensed Preaching Program prepares laity 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 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 licensed 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 licensed preacher is also a great option any time that clergy cannot be present to preach.
Become a Licensed Preacher
Licensed 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.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2023-2025 program. Applications are due August 15, 2023. Questions may be directed to the Rev.Canon Tom Ferguson.
Bring a Licensed Preacher to Your Parish
A list of licensed preachers is available in the Supply Clergy and Licensed Preacher Roster. Most licensed 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 licensed preacher for mileage at the current non-charitable IRS rate (see IRS Mileage Reimbursement Rates (2022)). In addition, it is acceptable, but not required, for a parish to offer an honorarium of up to $100.
Individuals who have completed all Licensed Preaching Program course requirements, and who have completed Safe Church Training within the past five years, may apply to the Bishop for a preaching license. Please complete the License Request form online.