Lay Schools for Ministry

We believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. It’s not the work of a few; we are all called by God through our baptism to participate in what God is up to in the world. Martin Luther once wrote, "…we are all consecrated priests through baptism, as St. Peter says in 1 Peter 2, 'You are a royal priesthood….'" The Lay Schools for Ministry program of the ELCA is a network that exists to equip and support people for ministry and service in the context of their community, congregation and the world.

This growing network of lay schools provides learning opportunities throughout the ELCA in a variety of shapes and sizes, approaches to teaching, program content and the types of ministry they support. Areas of study range from worship leadership, evangelism training and community organizing to programs that encourage participants to think and reflect theologically in every situation, task and challenge they face. This is a network that is always looking for opportunities to support new ideas, learning experiences, audiences and locations where lay schools can best influence the work we do together in the name of Jesus Christ.

The Lay Schools for Ministry program is committed to working with every member of the ELCA, lay and ordained, to support the training and education of lay leaders for God’s work in the world. God has called us to this task of working together to accomplish far more than we can do on our own. And when we gather together to learn, expand our skills and prepare for this shared work, we grow well beyond our own imagination and expectations. That’s how the Holy Spirit works through Lay Schools for Ministry!

Lay Schools for Ministry