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Clergy play a vital role in the Anglican tradition in service to both God and others, particularly at the local parish level. As the Apostle Paul wrote (Romans 15:15): "God gave me to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles with the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit."

This section provides helpful tools and resources for clergy in our diocese. To search for a specific item, click here now or visit one of the "Clergy Quick Links" on the left column below. If you need further assistance, call the Office of the Bishop at (269) 381-2710.

Clergy Covenant (PDF)
Diocesan Forms and Documents

Forms for Clergy
Pastoral Care and Counseling
EDWM Constitution and Canons

Discernment Resources
Ordination Resources
Commission on Ministry
Seminaries & Divinity Schools

Customary – Deacons
Supply Clergy
Assistant Clergy Tenure
Fresh Start
Worship Resources
Baptism & Confirmation.

Clergy Licensing Requirements
Licensing Lay Ministries (Application)
Clergy Compensation Standards
Insurance & Related Benefits
Clergy Dating Policy
Clergy: Resigning from a congregation
Clergy: Leave-Taking Policy

The Lectionary Page Online
Book of Common Prayer Online
Daily Meditation

Latest News & Calendar
Diocesan Staff
Search the Website
Parish Locator
Contact Us

Request a Diocesan-Issued Identification Card

EDWM clergy - both priests and deacons - are eligible to receive a free identification card from the diocese.

We need a current head shot photo, your title and current city.

Click here for our Clergy ID application. Form contains a photo uploader so that you may upload a recent picture.

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The Commission on Ministry

The work of the Commission on Ministry is to design and oversee the process for recruitment, discernment, formation for ministry, and assesment of readiness for all persons interested in lay and ordained ministry.

For information about discernment, ordination, seminaries, and the required forms to begin discernment, click here now.

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Pastoral Care and Counselig

Body, mind and spirit are three words we hear as the cornerstones of health. Counseling and consultation for clergy is available through this program. Located at St. Luke's in Kalamazoo, the focus of counseling includes stress overload, job loss, marital conflict and loss of a relationship. For more information, click here now.

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Deanery Clergy Council

The clergy in the Diocese of Western Michigan meet regularly with the Bishop at deanery Clergy Council meetings. This is a time for bible study & information sharing, as well as prayer and fellowship. To find out when the date for the next Deanery Clergy Council, please call the Office of the Bishop at (269) 381-2710 or visit our online calendar now.

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Supply Clergy

When a priest is unavailable or out of town, he or she may request supply clergy (a temporary priest) to fill in for them during their absence. The four Bishops in Michigan have agreed that supply clergy may be called from any of the dioceses in Michigan (see links below).

Note: When one of the three services falls on a Saturday or Sunday evening, compensation is based on leading or preaching.

Once a priest has agreed to supply for a given Sunday, any changes or problems about the arrangement will be handled by that priest in consultation with the parish rector or wardens, as available. The Transition Ministry Officer will assist as possible upon request.

The following resources can help you locate and contact a supply priest for your parish:

Latest list of EDWM supply clergy for EDWM (PDF)
Diocese of Michigan
Diocese of Eastern Michigan

For more information or additional assistance, please contact the Rev. Canon William Spaid or call the Diocesan office at (269) 381-2710.

Openings in the Diocese of Western Michigan for Clergy

At any given time, the Diocese of Western Michigan has positions open for seminary-educated Episcopal priests as well as ELCA pastors. The Rev. Canon William J. Spaid is the Transition Officer for the diocese, and assists parishes as they navigate transition. Openings are available in congregations large and small in a variety of communties across western Michigan.

To contact the Canon to the Ordinary, call (269) 381-2710 ext. 11 or click here now to send an e-mail.

Deacons in the Church

In the Church, deacons are called to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as a servant of those in need; and to assist bishops and priests in the proclamation of the Gospel and the administration of the sacraments. They serve directly under the bishop of a diocese and help to carry out the bishop's ministry. Bishops normally assign deacons to special responsibility for mercy and justice.

Visit the Commission on Ministry page for information on discernment and formation for the diaconate.
Visit our Deacons page for indepth information on the diaconate in our diocese.

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If you have specific questions that are not answered on this page, please contact the Rev. Canon William Spaid or call the Diocesan office at (269) 381-2710.

You may also want to use our online search tool to look for specific information by keyword. (Search Tool) Or check the Diocesan Resource Notebook for further details.

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