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Lay Preaching

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 deeper in their own faith. Now they have the unique opportunity to serve. Lay preachers will be scheduled through the NC Synod office to preach in congregations with a leadership vacancy on Sunday mornings.

1 Corinthians 4:1


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

Training Information

Lay preachers will serve at the endorsement of the bishop after completing training and practicum work. The training is a combination of retreats and small group meetings (via video conference).


Our first lay preaching cohort was generously supported by an ELCA Holy Innovations Grant. This allowed us to explore best practices and clearly define the goals and objectives of the program. Some grant funding is available for 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.

Lay Preaching Training Team

The Rev. Sara Ilderton
Assistant to the Bishop

The Rev. Danielle DeNise
Director for Evangelical Mission

The Rev. Dr. Mark Fitzsimmons
LTSS Campus Pastor & Adjunct Professor

At this time, we do not plan to begin a new cohort of Lay Preachers until 2022. Stay tuned to this page and other synod communications for updates.

Lay Preaching Stories

“God’s calling me to something more”

“God’s calling me to something more” Brad Alexander has spent the last thirteen years working as a purchasing agent for a company that installs windows, exterior doors, mirrors, and bath accessories for new construction homes. On most Sunday mornings, you can find Brad at Redeemer, Gastonia, where he’s the congregation council president, an adult Sunday …

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first cohort of NC Synod lay preachers, 2019

Lay Preaching Program commissions first cohort

Lay Preaching Program commissions first cohort “Let us build a house where prophets speak, and words are strong and true, where all God’s Children dare to seek, to dream God’s reign anew.” —All are Welcome, ELW 641 What do an insurance salesman, a paramedic, an HR rep, a teacher, and a church musician have in …

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Have questions?

Do you have questions or comments? Contact Pastor Sara Ilderton, lay preaching coordinator for the synod.

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