Ordination or Holy Orders
Ordination is the rite in which God gives authority and the grace of the Holy Spirit to those being ordained bishops, priests, and deacons, through prayer and the laying on of hands by bishops. Persons who aspire to serve the Church in ordained ministry are screened and evaluated through a process of discernment by the Commission on Ministry. A comprehensive list of gifts, qualifications and passions that the Commission looks for in candidates for Holy Orders is found on the ECCT website. Episcopal deacons, priests and bishops are married, single, women, men, married, single, gay or straight.