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Lay Ministry

Baptism marks entry into our participation into God's mission of restoration and reconciliation, our basic ministry. The ordained ministers -- deacons, priests (or "presbyters"), and bishops -- support the ministry of the baptized.

The Baptismal Covenant we make (or is made on our behalf until we confirm it when we are older), is this: We affirm that we will continue in the apostle's teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers; persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord; proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ; seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves; strive for justice and peace, and respect the dignity of every human being." (BCP p. 305)