Lay Licensing

The application process for the next licensing season will open at the end of October and close on 31 December 2018 for Worship Leaders, Eucharistic Ministers and Eucharistic Visitors. Applications for preaching licenses may be submitted until 31 January 2019. A link to the one electronic form that takes the place of the multiple lay license paper forms will be posted in October 2018.

Priests-in-Charge (or Senior Wardens in Absence of a Priest):
Please use this online form to apply for Worship Leader, Eucharist Ministers, and Eucharistic Visitors licenses for everyone in your congregation, all at once: link for the new season to be posted here Oct 2018

This year, packets containing the guidelines and application forms (along with the Bishop's Visitation Schedule) will be distributed by mail to each Priest-in-Charge (or Senior Warden) after Convention.

The following information will help priests submit license applications for the new liturgical year:

* Licenses for Worship Leaders, Eucharistic Ministers/Chalice Bearers and Eucharistic Visitors are issued for a period of three years (Advent I 2018 to Advent I 2021).

* All application forms must be signed by the Priest-in-Charge (or the Senior Warden in absence of a Priest-in-Charge).  

* Please submit our easy-to use electronic form to apply for Worship Leader, Eucharist Ministers, and Eucharistic Visitors licenses all at once.
* Please do not renew licenses that have not yet expired.

* Licenses for the ministry of Preacher are issued for a period of one year (February 2019 to February 2020). Training is required, and the Priest-in-Charge must sign the application form which you can download here:

Preacher Application document link to be posted here Oct 2018
Please note that the application for preacher is not available as an online form.

* For a current list of licensed persons from your congregation with end-term date (like the copy that will be contained in the packet in the mail) contact Teresa at 772-1953 x132 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

* The "Preacher Application" form is for preachers and contains additional application details. It is only available in paper format at this time. For people who have been previously licensed to preach, it is not necessary for them to repeat the entire application process. A short note reflecting on their ministry, and a recent example of a sermon or homily, is sufficient. 

* To request licenses in more than one category for the same person, please apply on separate forms for each one. Certificates will be issued for each area of ministry to your church office. Please keep the original licenses in a secure place. If individuals would like a copy of their license, please feel free to make a photocopy. 

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. Barbara Martin (772-1953 x 125) will be happy to help. We hope to send certificates back to you in a timely fashion. Please keep this licenses on file in your parish office.  If you find an error on a certificate, please return it with corrections and without hesitation, and the license will be re-issued.

143 State Street | Portland, ME 04101 | Phone: (207) 772-1953 |