Advanced Lay Ministries

Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries.
1 Corinthians 4:1

Do you know of a layperson with gifts for ministry?

Is there a layperson with gifts for ministry in your congregation? Do you know of someone who has shared a message well for a special occasion? The NC Synod relies on lay preachers—individuals from congregations who have received instruction and formation for preaching—to fill pulpits across the synod so that rostered ministers can take vacation, complete continuing education or, in some cases, provide a Service of the Word worship for congregations who do not have a regularly-called pastor right now.

Advanced Lay Ministries (ALM) is a formation and certification program of the NC Synod that brings together the Lay Preaching (LP) and Synod Authorized Ministry (SAM) programs—one focused on the knowledge and skills needed for lay preachers and the other on additional coursework related to congregational leadership.

Part One is required for anyone seeking to serve as a Synod Authorized Minister.

Contact Info:

If you are interested in learning more about Advanced Lay Ministries Program, please contact:

Deacon Wendy Roberts
Candidacy and ALM Coordinator

To enter the ALM formation and certification program, a person will:

• pay the application fee of $100 to the NC Synod
• complete an application
• write an essay
• initiate a background check
• seek three recommendations
• participate in an interview with members of the Advanced Lay Ministries Leadership Team
• receive approval from the ALM Leadership Team and pay the tuition fee of $675.

The next application deadline is December 15, 2024.

Welcome Meeting—January 25, 2025, at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom
Theology Intensive—February 2025

Find the ALM Application Link and Recommendations Link here.

Part One—Lay Preaching

  • Theology
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Preaching
  • Worship


Part Two—Synod Authorized Ministry

  • Sacraments
  • Discipleship and Leadership
  • Pastoral Care
  • Governance



Authorized Lay Ministry Diagram