LCA Lay Preacher Training enrolment
Lay Preacher Training
The LCA/NZ College of Bishops requested Australian Lutheran College develop lay preacher training to support congregational lay preachers, both current and future. For those interested in lay preaching, this training module provides individuals with the opportunity to discern their call as a lay preacher. There is no expectation for anyone to become a lay preacher at the end of the training.
A lay preacher has a different role to a lay reader.
Lay readers are individuals who lead a worship service and use pre-approved LCA sermon material (usually found on the LCA Commission on Worship website). Lay readers do not write their own sermons. No formal training is required to be a lay reader.
Lay preachers are entrusted to publicly and faithfully proclaim God’s word according to the teachings of the LCA/NZ. They are approved and appointed by District Bishops following consultation between District Bishops (representing the whole Church), local congregations and lay preaching candidates (who are usually locally identified). Lay preachers are most likely to serve during pastoral vacancies under the oversight of a District Bishop to whom they will be directly accountable, and these appointments are time limited (e.g. a maximum of 12 months at a time).
The learning offered in this Lay Preacher Training is derived from ALC’s pastoral training program. This provides coherency and consistency between the pastoral office and the service of lay preachers. Participants will work through a number of sessions within ALC’s iLearn system. This is a self-paced learning approach, and we encourage participants to allow up to 3 months to complete the content. All participants will require a mentor pastor who will journey with them and support their learning as well as provide feedback on potential sermons prepared and written at the end of the training module.
To register for the Lay Preacher Training module, complete the enrolment form below.
The cost of this training module is $375 per person. You will be invoiced once your enrolment form has been successfully processed. Once your enrolment has been finalised, you will receive a confirmation email with additional information.
Ensure you have discussed this training with your mentor pastor who will be supporting you through this training before nominating them on this enrolment form. They will also receive information about lay preacher training.
If you have further questions about the Lay Preacher Training, email firstname.lastname@example.org.