NC Synod Lay Preaching Certification
In 2019, the NC Synod commissioned its first cohort of lay preachers. These lay preachers discovered new ways of engaging with scripture and grew deeply in their own faith. Now they have the unique opportunity to serve in the synod. Lay preachers will be scheduled through the NC Synod office to preach in congregations that have a leadership vacancy or utilize supply ministry on Sunday mornings.
We are opening up applications for our second cohort of lay preachers. Applications will be accepted from July 12 to July 28th. Once an application is processed, we will reach out to your home pastor for a pastor recommendation. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by August 13th. There are 12 spaces available in our second cohort. Decisions will be made prayerfully and based on need: reflecting diversity, location in the synod, pastoral recommendation, and readiness for this role.
Lay preachers will serve at the endorsement of Bishop Smith after completing training and practicum work. The training is combination of retreats and small group meetings (via video conference).
- Retreat One: September 13-15th, Location, TBD
- Practicum One – Lectio: October – December
- Retreat Two: January 24-25, Synod Office, Salisbury
- Practicum Two – Sermons: February – April
- Final Gathering: April 30-May 1, Synod Office, Salisbury
- Commissioning: May 1 @ 3pm, Salisbury
Our first cohort for lay preaching was generously underwritten by a Holy Innovations Grant from the ELCA. This allowed us to explore best practices and clearly define goals/objectives of the program. We continue to have some grant funding to help with the second year. The total cost for the program (including housing, food, instruction, materials) is $625/person. Thanks to the continuation of the grant, we are able to keep the cost to $200/person for this year.
Contact The Rev. Sara Ilderton for more information.