Total Ministry

St. James is a Total Ministry Team church in formation. The Total Ministry Team approach to a church enhances the life and ministry of the church, the members, and the community. The Total Ministry Team works in the formation process through education and sharing under the guidance of a qualified mentor(s). Upon completion of the educational process, the Total Ministry Team assists in the work of the church in various roles. A discerning process provides the ability for team members to understand and use the gifts given to them by God to share on the team.

Total/Shared Ministry is a way of enabling the Ministry of All the Baptized. It is based in our theology of baptism, where we affirm that all baptized Christians are called to use their God given gifts for ministry. In the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, a team of leaders is called to work together within a congregation, or a cluster, or a specialized ministry setting. Total/Shared Ministry has its roots in both the Old and New Testaments. Here are a few passages you can read:

• Numbers 11: 10-30 - God tells Moses to appoint 70 elders
• Mark 3: 13-19 - Jesus appoints the Twelve
• Luke 10: 1-9 - Jesus appoints 70 for Mission
• I Corinthians 12: 4-13 - One body with many gifts
• Ephesians 4: 1-13 - Gifts given to equip the saints for ministry

Total or Shared Ministry is a way of living out the Baptismal Covenant, found in The Book of Common Prayer, pages 304-305. In the first part of the Covenant, we affirm our belief in God as Holy Trinity in the words of the Apostles’ Creed. Next, a series of questions which members of the congregation answer together, saying, “I will with God’s help.” The Covenant asks, “Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers? Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord? Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ? Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?”

The renewed vision of the Ministry of all the Baptized is emphasized in the Catechism, found in The Book of Common Prayer, page 855, in the section on “The Ministry.” The first question asks, “Who are the ministers of the Church?” The answer is, “The ministers of the Church are lay persons, bishops, priests, and deacons.” “Lay persons” are intentionally listed first. The second question is, “What is the ministry of the laity?” “The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.”

Various Roles and their descriptions for a Total Ministry Team include:

Evangelist (a licensed minister): May work with Pastoral Care coordinator to reach those whose attendance has decreased; may oversee calling on newcomers; may plan press releases to communicate with the community; may oversee plans for church growth. In the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, the team must include an evangelist.

Catechist (a licensed minister): A person authorized to prepare persons for Baptism, Confirmation, Reception, and the Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows, functioning under the direction of the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight. The Catechist may also be or work with a Christian Education Coordinator (may be a commissioned minister): Coordinates Christian Education offerings for all ages: children, youth, adults, intergenerational. Provides resources/referrals for teacher workshops.

Priest (an ordained minister): Presides at services such as Eucharist, Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals.

Deacon (an ordained minister): Involved in the community to bring the concerns of the world to the congregation relating to peace and justice; assists at the Eucharist and other services; may take communion to shut-ins and hospitalized; oversees Eucharistic Visitors in taking communion to shut-ins and hospitalized; oversees Eucharistic Ministers.

Administrator (a commissioned minister): Tends to the administrative tasks that need to be done. May coordinate team responsibilities among team members; may facilitate team meetings; may coordinate among team, vestry/ bishop’s committee, and Diocese.

Pastoral Care Ministers (commissioned ministers): May visit shut-ins and/or parishioners in the hospital, or other parishioners as need arises. Pastoral Care Ministers communicate with the team regarding the sick and shut-ins and notify appropriate team members if someone desires communion. One person may be designated as a Pastoral Care Coordinator and may oversee the visitation of shut-ins and provides communication to the Evangelist and Intercessor. A designated coordinator may refer individuals to resources for various pastoral needs.

The following ministers are also important and may be members of the team. Not all of these ministers are needed in each place.

Worship Leader (a licensed minister): A lay person who regularly leads public worship under the direction of the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight. (Formerly known as Lay Reader)

Preacher (may be lay or ordained, and is licensed): Preaches sermons, under the direction of the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight.

Eucharistic Minister (a licensed minister): A lay person authorized to administer the Consecrated Elements at a celebration of the Holy Eucharist, normally acting under the direction of a Deacon, if any, or otherwise, the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight. (Formerly known as Chalice Bearer.)

Eucharistic Visitor (a licensed minister): A lay person authorized to take the Consecrated Elements in a timely manner following a Celebration of the Holy Eucharist to members of the congregation, who by reason of illness or infirmity, were unable to be present at the Celebration. A Eucharistic Visitor normally acts under the direction of a Deacon, if any, or else, the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight.

Youth Leader/Advisor (may be a commissioned minister): Oversees Jr. & Sr. High Activities; works with youth to plan for involvement in the life of the congregation. Is available as advisor and to make referrals for youth leaders.

Young Adult Ministry Leader (may be a commissioned minister): Encourages, supports, may convene or organize ministry with young adults (ages 18-35).

Intercessor (may be a commissioned minister): May coordinate and oversee prayer chain and prayer lists for Sundays. May be available as spiritual friend/prayer partner; prays daily for team and congregation.

Liturgist (may be a commissioned minister): May chair the planning process for worship with priests, deacons, musicians and altar guild; may coordinate scheduling of worship leaders, lectors and acolytes.

Stewardship Coordinator (may be a commissioned minister): May work with team and Vestry/Bishop’s Committee to educate members of the congregation about and plan for the stewardship or time, talent and treasure, and help plan annual stewardship events.

Musician (may be a commissioned minister): Provides or arranges for music for worship services and other special events.

Parish Life Minister (may be a commissioned minister): May coordinate a variety of fellowship activities within the congregation or cluster, such as picnics, potluck meals, or other social events.

St. James exists to be the heart and hands of Christ in community.
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