Total Ministry is a shared ministry, which sees the whole Church as a body of ministers: baptized, sealed, ordained, commissioned – faithfully and perceptibly striving to honor their commitments to the Baptismal Covenant. Total Ministry therefore embodies mutuality and accountability and reflects the optimism, enthusiasm, and focus on mission characteristic of the early Christian Church.
The Episcopal Diocese of Michigan began exploring models of Total Ministry over twenty years ago after other dioceses such as Nevada and Northern Michigan had found success with it. EDOMI is currently home to six Total Ministry congregations and Baptismal Ministry communities: Christ Church Pleasant Lake, Church of the Messiah Detroit, Emmaus Walled Lake/Novi, St. Barnabas Chelsea, St. Michael and All Angels Cambridge Junction, and St. Patrick’s Madison Heights.
Total Ministry congregations undergo a discernment process where gifts for ministry are identified within the parish. Those identified with gifts for ministerial leadership are then asked to discern their readiness to answer God’s call. Leadership teams include Priests, Worship Leaders, Pastors, Catechists, Evangelists, Outreach Ministers, Hospitality Ministers, and Social Justice Advocacy Ministers to support and encourage the ministries of all members of the congregation. This group of internal leaders, both commissioned and ordained, is referred to as the Ministry Support Team (MST). They work with the Vestry or Bishop’s Committee to do the business of the church and spread the word of Christ to the wider community.