Lay Ministry Training Program

The Lay Ministry Training Program

We developed the Lay Ministry Training Program to provide basic training for people interested in serving their church more fully, either as a lay minister or as a lay leader. This program assists in spiritual development and builds a stronger understanding in the areas of biblical knowledge, theology, worship, Congregational history and polity, mission, pastoral care, Christian education, and more. Eligible applicants must be a member, in good standing, of an NACCC member church.

Encouraging Effective Lay Ministry

The Lay Ministry Training Program focuses on providing for both local churches and individuals interested in lay ministry. For local churches by developing the talents and abilities of the individual doing lay ministry and for the individuals themselves, by focusing on their spiritual development. By focusing on both church and the individual, the Lay Ministry Training Program enables effective lay ministry that is distinctly Congregational.

Encouraging Effective Lay Ministry
What is a Lay Minister?

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.

Program Updates

After years of discussion and prayer, the Lay Ministry Editorial Board has completed a makeover of the current Lay Ministry Training Program and is rolling out a new program to begin offering an online, virtual program in September 2021.

Prior to these upcoming changes, students worked at a self-set pace with a mentor. The new program structure will also include classes led by qualified clergy and church leaders of the NACCC who will bring their training and expertise in ministry to the lay students attending their class.  Students will be in a cohort and will learn alongside others from across the NACCC at the same time.  Students will continue to have mentors in the local church or community that help support them in their studies.

Course Structure

The Lay Ministry Training Program is broken into three levels with each level lasting one year, composed of ten learning sessions. Our differentiated level structure is designed to help meet the needs of a rapidly changing church landscape.

The new Lay Ministry Training program will begin its first course September 2021 in Old Testament and New Testament Biblical Studies and will run for four months. Instructors will present material through a virtual platform and allow for online discussion between students and instructor.  The instructor syllabus will be made available two months prior to the start of each new class.

Discipleship Level 1
is designed for the individual who says, “I want to deepen my walk with Christ”.

Lay Leadership Level 2
is designed for the individual who wants skills to serve in ministry leadership of a local church more fully.

Pastoral Leadership Level 3
is designed for the individual who really wants to have the clergy resources necessary for pastoral leadership.

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How to Apply

If you are interested in deepening your understanding of the Congregational way and looking to develop spiritually, we encourage you to apply. Please fill out both forms linked below and a member of our team will follow up with further information.

Class fees will be set at $100 per session and scholarships will be made available through the Vitality Ministry Council.

LMTP Program Application Supplemental Information Form

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