What are Licensed Lay Ministries?
Certain roles in churches are filled by laypeople who have been licensed by the Bishop to function in these capacities. The ministries that need a license are specified by the canons (church laws) of the Episcopal Church; they are the following:
The Diocese of Hawai‘i has specified the training requirements for a number of these roles.
Requirements for licensing are outlined by the Commission on Ministry and then forwarded to Bishop Fitzpatrick for approval. Currently, the ministries of Eucharistic Minister, Eucharistic Visitor, Lay Preacher, Worship Leader, and Catechist are being licensed.
Licenses are issued by the Bishop. Licenses expire the third year and are renewed on the First Sunday of Advent. (Taken from the Diocesan website HERE.)
"This picture shows what I experienced from our Waiolaihui'ia LLM course. It's a tool for helping our clergy when they're sick, on leave, etc., to keep our ship for the church floating. The big Katea represents the clergy and their responsibilities and the Hama for the LLM and when there's no Hama, the Katea will sink." -Soane Lino