When recommended by the leadership of their congregation, lay members of the church may be licensed by the Bishop to distribute the communion elements or participate significantly in the worship of the church. By canon, the Bishop's Office needs to keep a record of all lay licenses for Eucharistic Visitor, Eucharist Minister, Worship leader, and any other lay license the Bishop approves. These are renewed every year in time for the first Sunday of Advent.
Lay Ministers must be baptized, and confirmed or received in the Episcopal Church. In addition, those who minister as Eucharistic Visitors must be up-to-date in their safe church training. More information and required forms can be found on this page at the links to the right.