Most simply put, “baptismal ministry” is a gift and a calling which Christians are given at Baptism. But that is to put it over simply, for it is also a deep mystery with many layers of meaning. In our Baptism, we enter into a special new connection with God in Christ, a relationship of mutual commitment – of God to us and us to God – called a covenant.
This covenant is a personal relationship of mutual open-ended promise, sacramentally enacted and acknowledged in Baptism. None of us stands outside of this personal relationship with God in Christ. Our end of the covenant, our end of the mutual promise, is our ministry.
Congregations and individuals considering baptismal ministry within the Diocese of Oregon are encouraged to contact the Commission on Ministry – Committee for Baptismal Ministry (COM-B) and consult the resources below to learn more about the discernment and licensing process.