Advanced Lay Ministries

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

Advanced Lay Ministries (ALM), a formation and certification program of the North Carolina Synod, brings together the Lay Preaching (LP) and Synod Authorized Ministry (SAM) programs.

Having these two programs under one umbrella facilitates the sharing of resources, access to advanced coursework, and a more streamlined approach to identifying and developing lay people in the synod for service in congregations.

The Advanced Lay Ministries program consists of two parts: 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:

Pastor Pam Northrup
Advanced Lay Ministries Leadership Team Chair
919-987-0102 or click the button to send an email.

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 $625.

The application deadline is December 15, 2022.

Welcome Meeting —January 21, 2023.
Theology Intensive—February 3-5, 2023.

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