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2) Concerning the forms of ministry in the church. The ministers of the church are lay persons, bishops, priests, and deacons (BCP, p. 855). In a "vote by orders" in the House of Deputies of the General Convention, or in a diocesan convention, the votes of clergy and lay orders are counted separately. All baptized persons are members of the church and called to ministry. Some members of the church are ordained as bishops, priests, and deacons. These members of the church are in "holy orders." 

Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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