We are excited to announce that we are launching a Lay Ministry Formation process for the Northwest Washington Synod! Lay Ministry Formation is a cohort-based, committed journey for our lay leaders to discern and deepen their calling as a minister in context. The two-year formation process engages the Christian tradition through Biblical and theological frames, contextual realities, and practical functions of congregational and community life. This certificate program provides a hybrid learning environment of in-person retreats, online small groups, and guided reflection. In the process, participants grow in their own spiritual calling alongside professionally trained scholars and reflective practitioners.
This program is required for those seeking to become a Synodically Authorized Lay Minister (SALM), serving local churches as lay ministers as authorized by the Bishop. However, the 2-year program is also open for any lay leaders wishing to either discern future lay ministry or pursue growth in their particular ministry context.