Commission on Ministry Report 2018

The Commission on Ministry (COM) serves as an advisory body supporting the ministry and vocation of all baptized persons. Our work is especially focused on listening to and walking with those who hear a call to ordained ministry. In this capacity, we oversee a discernment process and offer recommendations to Bishop Marc at key moments in that process.

The COM comprises lay and ordained members from all five deaneries of the Diocese of California; we strive to represent the diversity of persons that God has called to serve the Church in California. We meet once a month for our regular business, and to meet with people at various stages in their discernment process. Once a year we conduct a Vocations Conference, at which we meet with and explore the question of ordained ministry for those who have applied to become Postulants in the Diocese of California. We are not a decision-making body; our job is to make recommendations to Bishop Marc about persons in discernment for Holy Orders, and to work to provide ongoing formation resources for laity.

We work together with Amy Cook, Working Group Head for Faith Formation; and Melissa Ridlon, Vocations Officer, to develop those resources, and to keep the communication going between the COM, the Bishop’s staff, and people in discernment. We also liase with the Standing Committee, who share canonical responsibilty with the Bishop for this area of our common life.

We work hard to listen to where the Spirit is calling us as a Church, and to adapt our practices to respond to what we hear. In 2017, we completely overhauled the annual Vocations Conference to reflect changes in how we thought discernment “happens” in community. As a result, Vocations Conference has grown into a community-centered, collaborative process that reflects the common calling we all share in Christ, and the life-long process of discerning our various and several vocations in the Church. We’re excited about more good work ahead!

Current members

Alberta Buller ’20

Justin Cannon ’21

Merry Chan-Ong ’18

Kathy Crary ’18

Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain ’21

Alan Gates ’20

Davey Gerhard ’18

Stephen Hassett ’19 (Chair 2019)

Anna Horen ’21  (Vice chair 2019)

David Mealy ’18

Brad Peterson ’21

Nina Pickerrell ’19

Julie Wakelee-Lynch ’21

Mary Wood ’21

Incoming members have been selected by Bishop Marc and their appointment to the COM will be ratified at Convention.