Total Ministry

What is Total Ministry?

When we speak of Total Ministry we refer to the concept, processes, and curriculum used by the Diocese of Northern California to revitalize congregations by developing and affirming the ministry of all baptized persons. This is a clearly focused strategy for action and for encouraging a more widely-participatory discernment of God's call to live out the promises of our baptismal covenant.

In 2018, our diocese took on the process of reviewing Total Ministry. Here are the results.

Here is information about how the diocese will be moving forward.

Principals of Total Ministry in the Diocese of Northern California

Total Ministry means . . .

• A process, not a program

• A practice of servant leadership

• A community that learns together

• Leadership resides in the team

• Enables community to be mission focused

• God is at the center

And it is always lived and practiced within community!

The Goals of Total Ministry in the Diocese of Northern California

• that Total Ministry development will build on the best of a congregation's history, respecting its experience in its context

• that each Total Ministry congregation will be equipped to meet its basic ministry needs from among its members, while enjoying the consultation and support of a Missioner and/or other ministry professional(s), and working interdependently with other congregations of the deanery/region and the Diocese

• that each Total Ministry congregation will call a ministry team gifted in sharing tasks, committed to strengthening the ministry of all the members, and leading in envisioning opportunities for mission and for learning

• that each Total Ministry team will show commitment to lifelong learning and ongoing development, including the calling and incorporating of new members

• that Total Ministry congregations will show other congregations in the diocese the rich possibilities of heeding the call to ministry for all believers and thus revitalizing their congregational life.


For more information on Total Ministry, please contact the Rev. Betsey Monnot at


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