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.
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.