The Episcopal Church (TEC), by way of its canons (governance documents, laws) indicates that each diocese shall make provision for the affirmation and development of the ministry of all baptized persons. Specifically, “a confirmed communicant in good standing … may be licensed by the Ecclesiastical Authority to serve as Pastoral Leader, Worship Leader, Preacher, Eucharistic Minister, Eucharistic Visitor, Evangelist, or Catechist. Requirements and guidelines for the selection, training, continuing education, and deployment of such persons, and the duration of licenses shall be established by the Bishop in consultation with the Commission on Ministry” (Title III, Canon 4, Sec. 1(a)).
In response, The Diocese of East Tennessee provides opportunities for specific licensed ministries.