Certificate Programs: Certificate in Lay Ministry (2013-14)
Churches and religious organizations are looking for dedicated men and women to serve in non-ordained positions of leadership. Many otherwise qualified people are reluctant to pursue these positions because they do not feel adequately prepared biblically and theologically. Some need to acquire additional practical skills that will help them to be successful in ministry. Others are already involved in lay-ministry positions but feel limited by their lack of training and the dearth of ongoing opportunities for development and support.
The Certificate in Lay Ministry Program is designed to help train, equip and support men and women to serve more effectively as commissioned lay pastors, Christian education directors, lay ministry coordinators, youth leaders, church administrators, church elders and deacons and church office managers, as well as in a variety of other paid and unpaid leadership positions in local congregations. The course is specifically designed to provide the following components:
This non-degree program is open to all laypersons who are currently serving or exploring the possibility of serving in a church or other Christian organization.
This program includes:
What participants say about this program:
Whitworth's instructors are the cream of the crop. Bravo! The cost is reasonable. The thing I like best about this program is that it provides abundant opportunities for students to interact with instructors and other students.
I tell everybody what a great lay-ministry program Whitworth University has, and I mean it. I couldn't believe I'd been a lifelong Presbyterian and long-time Sunday School teacher, elder, and deacon, and knew so little before I took that course. Take this as a big THANK YOU to you and all the other professors I had.
The topics are well-thought-out and relevant. What a marvelous and rich group of teachers! They have truly made this program something special. Their passion for teaching is inspiring. Even those topics I thought had the potential to be very dry were presented in exciting ways. I want a semester class from each one of the faculty. I'm excited by the class, and the program has whetted my appetite for more.
I found out things I didn't know I needed to know. The program gives me an idea of the educational direction in which I need to go.
Why is this program for you?
Have you ever wanted to facilitate a Bible study or teach a Sunday school class but did not feel you had a deep enough understanding of basic theology, church history, and the Bible? Are you feeling a call to some form of Christian service but are hesitant to respond because you do not feel adequately prepared in the ‘nuts and bolts' of ministry? Do you sense that you may have spiritual gifts for serving God but lack confidence in how to lead and/or manage religious organizations? Have you been putting off serving the Lord because of fear, lack of training, or procrastination? Are you a committed follower of Jesus Christ and feeling called to sharpen your ministry skills so that God can use you in even greater ways?
If you find yourself answering “yes” to any of these questions, then the Certificate in Lay Ministry program is for you! This program will give you a basic overview of Christian history, theology, and the major themes of the Old and New Testament. You will learn about preaching, pastoral care, leadership, worship and the sacraments and other practical topics that will help you equip others to be more active followers of Jesus Christ. You will also learn valuable ministry skills that will enable you to serve God in whatever ministry capacity he might place you.
The Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith & Learning
The Certificate in Lay Ministry Program is one of many such programs being offered through the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith & Learning at Whitworth University. The center is dedicated to providing innovative programs designed to promote Christian scholarship, greater spiritual depth in students, renewal of clergy and laity, and a better understanding of the dynamics between religion and culture in the Pacific Northwest.
For more information about Certificate in Lay Ministry Program courses or the Weyerhaeuser Center, please contact Tim Dolan by calling 509.777.4676, or via e-mail by clicking here.