Program for Strengthening Active Lay Ministry
Applications due August
The Southwestern Washington Synod seeks to form and support trustworthy, inclusive lay leaders who are grounded in Christian faith and in a Lutheran expression of faith. The Program for Strengthening Active Lay Ministry (PSALM) is designed for congregation members who have discerned a call to more intentional and public lay leadership in their congregation and community.
PSALM is a two-year program that takes place over four terms. Each term is approximately 6 months long and begins with an overnight retreat. The coursework for the term is introduced at the retreat by a variety of presenters who bring expertise to the topics. In addition to course assignments and reading each term, students will work on practical ministry projects in their congregation or ministry setting. They will have an opportunity to share these projects with each other as part of the retreats.
Topics covered: Church History, the Craft of Preaching, Evangelism in a Pluralistic Culture, Scripture through the Lutheran Lens, PNW Context, Lutheran Theology and Pastoral Care
The Synod's Program for Strengthening Active Lay Ministry will begin a new cohort with 10 students in August. Applications are due August 15th.
Pastor Rebecca Shjerven has updated with new study materials and topics. updates and changes to the program. Learn from the Introduction to PSALM (video) https://vimeo.com/432040971
This cross image is used by permission by artist Vonda Drees, Director of the Grunewald Guild.