Diocese of North Carolina Accepting Applications for Second Offering of Lay Preacher Training Initiative
The Diocese of North Carolina is now accepting applications for its second offering of the Lay Preacher Training Initiative, a program of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation. The goal of the program is to develop lay preachers within their local communities who can supplement ordained clergy in the pulpit.
The diocese was one of six selected in 2021 to take part in the program’s pilot offering; the six participants in the first cohort are about to complete their training before they are commissioned in November at the National Cathedral.
After the successful two-year pilot of the program, the diocese is offering a new cohort beginning January 2024. The program has been adapted by program developers based on experience and feedback from the first round, and the most notable change is that the Lay Preacher Training Initiative is now a one-year program instead of two.
Applications are now being accepted; the deadline to apply is November 15, 2023.
Lay preaching is a call discerned in community. In our worship, preaching is a moment of proclamation and of invitation to draw closer to God’s love. In this process of discernment, it is important to remember that a calling to preach is also a calling to prayer and to study. You are encouraged to spend time in prayer and reading Scripture during your time of discernment.
To assist you in your discernment, the diocese is offering an information session on Monday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.