Category Archives: Lay Ministries

Each parish member and each congregation has gifts and resources that can make the world more loving and more just.

Lay Eucharistic Visitor (LEV)

Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEV’s) have a licensed, trained ministry of taking the word of God and the consecrated Holy Communion to those who are unable to be present at worship and Holy Eucharist. Training sessions are scheduled periodically in various areas in the diocese. The LEV Application must be completed and taken to the training.

  • For more information on LEV ministry: gray@indydio.org
  • Calendar for Training:
  • Application Form & Procedure:

Stephen Ministries

At Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis

Stephen Ministers are caring friends who listen, care, pray, support and encourage fellow parishioners and friends of the Cathedral community. With over 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care, Stephen Ministers are completely confidential companions to people going through long-term illnesses, job and family transitions, spiritual or personal crises, or who simply need a listening ear.

If you or a loved one would like the confidential ministry of a Stephen caregiver, or if you are interested in exploring the training required to become a Stephen caregiver, contact The Rev. Canon Gray Lesesne at grayl@cccindy.org or 317-636-4577.

More info: The National Organization

Education for Ministry (EFM)

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Education for Ministry (EFM) is an intensive lay ministry education program offered by the Seminary of the South at Sewanee. EFM groups meet in every region of the diocese.

Contact: For more information on connecting with a study group in your area, contact Ms. Sandy Hudson slh061948@aol.com or The Rev. Canon Bruce Gray .

See Also: To learn more about EFM churchwide, go to efm.sewanee.edu/

Form: EFM_Grant_Application.pdf

Lay Leadership Grants

ApplicationFor Whom?

Any lay church member who is personally involved, or planning to be involved, in a specific ministry for their congregation or the Diocese.

For What?

Funding assistance for workshops, conferences, or specialized ministry training.  This grant does not cover mission trips or pilgrimages.

How Much?

Maximum of $400 per year may be granted.  It is expected that the applicant and the applicant’s congregation will each contribute at least one third of the total cost toward the course of study.

Procedure:

  1. Written application form must be submitted to Canon for Transition Ministries and Leadership Development prior to date of event, preferably 6 or more weeks in advance.
  2. Application must include brochure, flyer, or information about the intended course of study.
  3. Application must include signature of Priest in Charge and Senior Warden.  This indicates vestry support of at least one third of the total cost toward the course of study.
  4. All grant applications will be considered and approved by Bishop and Cabinet.
  5. Summary report (1-2 pages) should be submitted to the Canon for Transition Ministries and Leadership Development within two weeks after the event.  Future grant requests will not be considered by the Cabinet if a summary report is not submitted.

 If you have further questions, contact the Canon for Transition Ministries and Leadership Development at the diocesan office 317-926-5454 or kissinger@indydio.org

Download:

Lay Leadership Grant Application (2013) (84.0 KiB)