The Commission on Ministry serves as counsel to the Bishop and works at times with the Standing Committee of the Diocese which has certain canonical responsibilities regarding ordination. This commission is comprised of two committees: the Committee on Ordained Ministry Development and the Committee for Baptismal Ministry. A member of each committee serves as a liaison to the other and the whole Commission meets together from time to time. The COM is made up of lay and ordained members elected at Diocesan Convention.
(COM-O) assists the Bishop in regards to those seeking ordained ministry. This committee assists congregations in the development of discernment resources and provides further discernment for a person once a call has been discerned at the congregational level.
When a call has been discerned at the diocesan level by the COM and the Bishop, the committee offers support and advice to those in the ordination process, interviews those in formation at various points in their process and makes recommendations to the Bishop. The Ordination Manual describes the steps and guidelines for those seeking ordination in detail.
At Baptism, Christians are given the gift and calling to Christian service. Discernment of particular baptismal ministries is a dynamic, life-long process. The Commission on Ministry – Committee for Baptismal Ministry (COM-B) develops discernment tools and pathways for all members of the Church discerning participation and leadership, including The Deacon’s Resource for those in discernment for the diaconate in the Diocese of Oregon.
The bishop appoints COM members annually subject to confirmation by the diocesan convention.