Quality lay training makes a difference in small membership churches


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Quality leadership is the beginning to making a difference in small membership churches. Are you one of those leaders? Or do you know a leader who can help make a difference?

The Lay Academy for Rural Church Ministries is helping make a difference through quality training which empowers people to serve the small membership church.

The Lay Academy for Rural Church Ministries has two classes that help lay persons prepare to preach and lead the small membership church as Certified Lay Ministers. The courses are designed with an emphasis on effective local church ministry.

The Discovering Your Call to Ministry online course will help you discover your gifts and call to ministry. During the four weeks you will take a spiritual gifts inventory and explore your gifts for ministry, read how God called those in the Bible and how your call might be similar to theirs, and finally develop a clear statement of your call and gifts for ministry.

  • Class dates: January 16 – February 17, 2017
  • Registration deadline: January 11, 2017

The Foundations for Ministry online course helps Certified Lay Ministers, first time pastors, and District Superintendent Assignment persons develop best practices for serving the local church in sermon writing, developing relationships with their congregation, building mission and vision.

This course is a blend of academic learning with practical on the job training. It allows the student to learn through both academic and hands on experience.

This class is also appropriate for pastors moving to new congregations.

The course focuses on a different aspect of ministry each month with all work and discussion forums taking place online, including monthly meetings.

  • Class dates: August 14, 2017 – May 12, 2018
  • Registration deadline: August 7, 2017

For more information: Visit the LARCM web site or contact us.