Commission on Ministry

Process: 3 lay, 3 clergy elected at ECMN Convention, 3 lay, 3 clergy appointed by the Bishop
Members: 12 (6 lay, 6 clergy) 
Term: 3 years

Duties: The Commission on Ministry (COM) helps to discern the present and future needs for ministry in ECMN. COM invites nominees to engage in a discernment process, and recruits and selects persons for Holy Orders.  COM guides and examines postulants and candidates for the diaconate and priesthood, in their journey to ordination.  COM works to provide continuing education of clergy and lay professionals employed in the church.

COM assists the Bishop and the Standing Committee under the provisions of Title III of the Canons of the General Convention and the Canons of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota in the following ways:

  • to determine the present and future needs for ministry;
  • to solicit nominations of persons who demonstrate qualities of Christian commitment, leadership, vision, and responsiveness to the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world which mark them as desirable candidates for positions of leadership in the Church;
  • to invite nominees to engage in a discernment process appropriate to their cultural background;
  • to recruit and select persons for Holy Orders and guide and examine postulants, candidates for the diaconate and priesthood, in their journey to ordination;
  • to provide continuing education of clergy and lay professionals employed in the church;
  • to promote continuing education of clergy and lay professionals employed in the church;
  • to support the development of the ministry of the laity.

For information about the process for Discernment, Formation, and Ordination in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, view the Discernment and Formation for Missional Leadership document.

If you have any questions about the process for discernment and formation for individuals who are wondering about a call to leadership, please contact Karen Olson, Missioner for Ministry, at karen.o@episcopalmn.org OR The Rev. Susan Daughtry, Missioner for Formation at susan.d@episcopalmn.org

Commission on Ministry Officer

The Rev. Anna Doherty, Chair, rector@christchurch-woodbury.org

Elected by Convention

Terms expire 2020:  

Paul Ehling
The Rev. Lee Domenick

Terms expire 2019 

The Rev. Jim Young   

Terms expire 2018

Laurel Stiebler
The Rev. Georgia Steele 

Appointed by Bishop

Terms expire 2020: 

The Rev. Jason Lucas
Denise Graber

Terms expire 2019

The Rev. Brenda Ziebell
Alison Feigh

Terms expire 2018:

Bill Sullivan

Liaison Missioners

The Rev. Susan Daughtry, Missioner for Formation, susan.d@episcopalmn.org
Karen Olson, Missioner for Ministry, karen.o@episcopalmn.org

*denotes second term