Roles at EMMI and roles at the Chapel (Episcopal & Connexional polity)

Each week for our Sunday Service we have our laity involved with the following roles:

Acolytes are lay chaplain volunteers who assist the minister in worship. An acolyte lights and sometimes carry candles and helps in the preparation of ritual of spiritual services. Our youth and adults are encouraged to participate as acolytes.

Gild is a special lay chaplain service group in the chaplaincy who prepare the altar and maintain the furnishings of the building. The guild usually supervises all seasonal chapel decorations and is usually responsible for all flower arrangements. A member or two from the gild arrive early before the service to prepare the altar linens and ensure that our readiness for the worship service.  They are members of the worship committee.

Chalice bearers are lay chaplain person who administers the chalice during the worship.  Generally, two people per service are needed and on occasionally holidays there may be a need for additional chalice bearers.

Lectors (lay chaplain Reader) Any non-ordained person who participates in reading part of a worship service.  The Lectionary readings for the service consist of designate texts. The prayers of the people are also read by a lector. The lectors generally practice their reading the week leading up to the date of the service. In general, a worship service has 2 lectors assigned.

Tellers lay chaplain volunteers who collect, count, record and deposit donations received usually following a chapel service or other chapel event.
They receive training and direction from the finance committee. Our procedure is to have 2 tellers assigned.

Greeters lay chaplain volunteers who welcome all who enter our doors. They demonstrate our chapel’s commitment to hospitality. The greeters create the first impression with newcomers.  For our corporation members, our greeters provide needed acknowledgement that they are important to us all.

Ushers lay chaplain volunteers who distribute worship materials and guide participates in a worship service or event to a comfortable seat. They also provide the count of the number of people attending the service or event. Our ushers arrive early before the service.  There may be material distributed following the worship service as well.  Similar to our Greeters, the ushers are also some of the first persons to come in contact with any newcomers or visitor.

Lay Leader is a member of the corporation who has been chosen as a leader.  Since lay leadership is not an ordained clerical office, the lay leader’s responsibilities vary

Lay Scholar is a person who acts as a scholar but without the training or degree that normally goes with it. Some lay scholars are able to build a reputation of knowledge that allows them to obtain positions of authority normally reserved for the formally trained.

NB: A Lay Chaplain can be superior to a minister depending on his role in the chaplaincy

Please Note: If you have any questions please contact us. A senior chaplain or an Elder will be happy to help you with any questions you have.
It is the goal of EMMI Chaplaincy to empower people to help people. This is done in recognition equal to their academic, life experience and achievements, as well as the demonstrated competence they have shown in their personal and professional lives. Life experiences are vital and very important in the life of a chaplain. Eric Michel Ministries places a lot of value on life and ministry field

Lay Administrator

What’s my job?
An effective Lay Administrator functions as the primary representative of and role model for Christian discipleship and faith lived out in the church and in daily life. The Lay Administrator works to fulfill the mission and vision of the Chaplaincy.

Experience, skills: This person benefits from knowing his or her own spiritual gift(s) and living out those gifts in Chaplaincy life.

What does the Lay Administrator do?

  1. Administrator represents EMMI.
  2. Administrator examines ways that can be involved in caring ministries in the community.
  3. Lay Administrator meets regularly to discuss the state of the church and the opportunities for ministry.

Lay Ministers or Lay Administrator, while fully recognized as clergy, are not expected to perform all of the ecclesiastical services of an ordained minister. They are credentialed as supportive or beginning level ministers and allowed the opportunity for training, ministry experience and further development into a unique ministry. Qualified Lay Minister or Lay Administrator if no clergy is available can validly administer Extreme Unction

Lay Administrators from the Board of Elders is a Licensed lay Administrators may be authorized by a bishop to assist in the distribution of Holy Communion. Lay administration is limited to the chalice, and lay Administrators may also be permitted to take the consecrated elements from the church to the sick or shut-in to be administered there. The duty and right to bring the blessed Eucharist to the sick belongs to the minister, to chaplains or authorized lay minister/Administrator and, in respect of all who are in the house.

Interview via electronic media

Lay administrator, Lay readers and may be appointed by interview via electronic media, every ordination must have a tactile contact in the laying on of hands. Where appointment (rather than ordination) is performed, the interviewer and interviewee must be able to see and hear each other in real time such as by Skype or other video communication.


  1. Chaplaincies Commander: Most Rev. Eric Michel. Archbishop only
  2. Chief Chaplain: Rt. Rev. Marie Yvonne. Bishop only
  3. Deputy Chief: Bishop or Minister
  4. Master Chaplain: The applicant must be an ordained minister and have at least 7 years of experience in their existing field of ministry.
    Applicants must provide copies of all degrees, current ordination, training certificates and any certifications that they hold. The Master is the team leader. Minister only
  5. Senior Chaplain: The applicant must be an ordained minister and have at least 5 years of experience in their existing field of ministry.
    Applicants must provide copies of all degrees, current legal ordination, training certificates and any certifications held. Minister and Lay
  6. Registered Chaplain: you must be a legally ordained minister with at least 3 years of experience in your existing field of ministry.
    Applicants must provide copies of all degrees, current legal ordination, training certificates and any certifications held by Minister and Lay
  7. Lay Chaplain: no requirement for training. Lay Chaplain cannot exceed rank higher than Senior Chaplain
  8. Master Assistant  Lay
  9. Senior Assistant Lay
  10. Junior Assistant Lay
  11. Assistant Lay
  12. Honorary (Member of Elders Comity Minister and Lay)

Lay Chaplain is for all those who have very little experience or no experience in ministry and never been legally ordained. Lay chaplains are required to complete courses. The courses are provided by us and partner in social and religious organizations. Certificates of completion will be issued after completing all courses with a passing score of at least 75%. After field stage and probation.

A layperson generally refers to a non-ordained member of a church

Lay Chaplain Ministry roles
In religious organizations, the laity consists of all members who are not a part of the clergy, whether they are or are not members of religious institutes, for example, a nun or lay brother. The word lay derives from the Anglo-French lay meaning the people at large.

  1. Conducting Prayers
  2. Publishing banns of marriage
  3. Teaching, and assisting in the pastoral care
  4. Conducting funerals
  5. Acting as ushers
  6. Acting as liturgists
  7. Making announcements
  8. Reading scripture
  9. Giving guest preaching sermons
  10. Serving or chairing church committees
  11. Congregational advocate and liaison

EMMI Lay Chaplains are appointed by our Elders Board and are trained. They help ministers to perform marriages and the spiritual ceremonies. Building on our commitment to inclusiveness and our celebration of diversity, our chaplains are dedicated to bringing a sense of the sacred into what are often non-denominational and even secular ceremonies. Based on personal integrity and People often choose a Lay Chaplain to officiate their ceremonies when their values and beliefs no longer fit with traditional religious perspectives. For example, many same-sex couples, interfaith couples, and previously divorced couples choose us to help them celebrate their weddings. Whose ceremony is it? Our Chaplains recognize that different people have different needs and preferences. They are prepared to tailor the structure and content of a ceremony to meet individual needs. While ceremonies must be consistent with the fundamental values of IUM, It is your ceremony!

What do EMMI Lay Chaplains charge for their services? There are fees for the ceremonies conducted. These are discussed in advance with the Chaplains. A wedding development, rehearsal and service is $200. Fees for other Ceremonies, Rituals and Rites of Passage vary according to the length and planning involved in the service.

Weddings – Marriages
Our Chaplains specialize in performing wedding ceremonies which meet the special needs of the couple. After meeting with the couple, a ceremony is crafted which will be joyful, loving, meaningful and memorable. It may include favourite readings and music or other elements, e.g., a unity candle lighting, flower ceremony, hand-fasting, wine cup ceremony etc. Each service is custom designed in collaboration with those who are directly involved. Special family blessings or family member participation is also encouraged if desired. On July 8th, 2003 British Columbia became the second province to legalize same-sex marriage. EMMI Lay Chaplains are delighted to now be legally able to marry same-sex couples.

Memorial Service – Funerals
Our lay-chaplains have been professionally trained to provide a funeral or memorial service that is an essential step in the grief and healing process following the death of a loved one. We can be an important part of the process of families, friends and community coming together to support each other in their grief, remembering and holding dear those who have died and seeking understanding that can lead to healing. Our Chaplains provide a service that is sensitive to the wishes of all of those involved, while at the same time providing a space to celebrate
the life of the deceased in an expression of affirmation of that person’s life. Ceremonies may also include elements which respect the diverse religious beliefs of those attending.

Infant Naming and Child Dedications
This is a celebration of new life and a community ritual around the commitment to the well-being of our children. Participants dedicate themselves to the task of raising a child with love and fairness, and to nurturing a sense of responsibility to themselves and to others. This is joyful and meaningful a ceremony for parents, siblings and other family and friends.

In accordance with the IUM belief that everyone has the right to develop an authentic faith of their own choice, this ceremony is not about binding the child to a particular set of beliefs.

Other Rites of Passage
There are significant passages that we travel through and not taking the time to acknowledge the profound spiritual growth that occurs with each one. Our Lay Chaplains can help arrange meaningful services to mark the milestones in our lives.

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