Ministry of All the Baptized

The Episcopal Church in Minnesota (ECMN) is a network of faith communities called to transformation by engaging God’s Mission. The ultimate goal is to engage God’s Mission — not our own mission — but God’s Mission. In order to be the full Body of Christ, we need each other, we need to recognize and celebrate the fullness of one another’s gifts and the contexts in which God calls us to use them.

In the Episcopal Church, our Catechism (or statement of beliefs) tells us that the ministers of the Church are laity, bishops, priests, and deacons.

The IX Bishop of ECMN, The Rt. Rev. Brian N. Prior, has invited all faith communities to be in relationship with each of the orders.

So, what does it look like to be in relationship with each of the orders? First, it is important to refresh our tenets of belief and descriptions of the four orders. Notice how the Nirst charge in each order is exactly the same: To represent Christ and his Church. That’s a tall “order!” How that manifests itself in responsibilities and promises is, however, unique from order to order.

All this work begins with discernment, done individually or as a group, to get an idea about how God has uniquely gifted each of us to do God's good work, in the neighborhood and in our faith communities. Find an online course here led by Karen Olson, your Missioner for Ministry, that can walk you through the gifts discernment process.

All Four Orders

Check out this printable handout for definitions of all the orders, leadership attributes sought in each and ways each order is in relationship with each other. Please feel free to print out and share with your faith community.

Lay Ministry Roles

Find over 40 different lay ministry roles in this handbook.  As you discern how God has uniquely gifted you and how God might be calling you to use those gifts in service to your faith community, this handbook can help give you ideas of roles, the gifts and skills associated with those roles, and ideas for formation.

Ordained Ministry Process

For those who have discerned a call to ordianed ministry, find the process for discernment and ordination in this handbook here.


The following faith communities are engaged in team-based ministry (which has been referred to as both Total and/or Shared Ministry), either in early stages of discernment and formation or serving in ordained and commissioned roles in their faith communities:

Christ Church, Austin
St. Bartholomew's, Bemidji
St. Paul's, Brainerd
St. Matthew’s, Chatfield
St. Andrew’s, Cloquet
St. Luke’s, Detroit Lakes
Ss. Martha & Mary, Eagan
St. Mary’s, Ely
Christ Church, Grand Rapids
St. Luke’s, Hastings
Trinity, Hermantown
Holy Trinity, International Falls
St. Mark's, Lake City
St. James’, Marshall
St. Mark's Cathedral, Minneapolis
St. Stephen’s, Paynesville
Emmanuel Church, Rushford
Holy Apostles, St. Paul
Church of the Good Samaritan, Sauk Centre
Grace Memorial, Wabasha

For more information on Ministry of All the Baptized, please contact Missioner for Ministry, Karen Olson,