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Licensed Ministry Training

Worship Leader Training

According to the Canons of the Episcopal Church, a Worship Leader is a lay person who regularly leads public worship. In the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan worship leaders are often charged with more than leading Morning or Evening Prayer. They often plan services as well. Therefore, some exposure to church history, the church year and symbols, church polity, scripture, and music is included in the workshop.

Cost is minimal, covering materials and lunches. Specific dates, time, and sites will be announced 4-6 weeks prior to the offering of the workshop.

At the conclusion of the workshop each participant will be given a copy of the worship leader examination to be completed and sent in. Each person to be licensed is also required by diocesan policy to take the Safeguarding God’s People training offered through the Diocese and undergo a criminal background check.

Occasionally, more advanced and specific worship leader trainings will be offered.

Introduction to Worship Leader Training

The basic introduction to leading worship in your congregation. This class is for new worship leaders. Following the class, participants will need to take an exam in order to complete their licensure.

There are no current upcoming trainings. 


Enriching Our Worship & Alternative Liturgies

This class will take a look at the other resources approved by the Episcopal Church for use within congregations, including Enriching Our Worship (EOW). This class is for those already licensed as worship leaders. $25/person.

There are no current upcoming trainings.


Licensed Preacher Training

Training to become a licensed preacher in the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan consists of two components:

  1. Classes in Holy Scripture through the Academy for Vocational Leadership or comparable program
  2. Homiletics Class at the Academy for Vocational Leadership

Those who wish to become licensed preachers begin their preparation with the monthly Saturday classes in Holy Scripture offered at the Academy for Vocational Leadership. This survey of the Old and New Testaments consists of ten five-hour sessions, September through June, at the Colombiere Retreat Center in Clarkston. The cost is $600 ($60 per session), which includes lunch. Additional costs include textbooks and mileage to and from Colombiere.

Following completion of this class, or concurrently, individuals take the Homiletics Class offered at the Academy. This class consists of six two-hour sessions, October through March, at the Colombiere Retreat Center, in the evening of the same day as the Holy Scripture classes. Participants learn about, discuss, and practice preaching, and they prepare and deliver sermons at the Academy and at their home congregation. The tuition for the Preaching Practicum is $200 per student. Additional costs include textbooks and mileage to and from the class site.

After successful completion of both the Holy Scripture and Homiletics classes, Safeguarding training and a background check are required. Following completion of all requirements, the diocesan office will issue a preaching license.

Visit our Academy page for dates for the upcoming school year.


If you would like to talk about these classes, please contact the Rev. Dr. Valerie Fargo at or 989-708-7460.