What is a Lay Minister?
Lay ministers are individuals who may not be able to leave their secular employment to attend seminary, or who intend to remain in secular employment while also serving a church. Many who enter the Lay Ministry Training Program are people who want to be better equipped lay leaders in their own churches. Often, students enrolled in the program more fully realize their call to seminary in the process.
While seminary training at an accredited institution is the preferred way for people to enter into ministry, the Lay Ministry Training Program recognizes that not all member churches can afford to hire a full-time, seminary-trained pastor. The Lay Ministry Training Program is not intended to be an alternate path to ordination although ordination has always been, and continues to be, the prerogative of the local church.