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1013 8th Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98104
United States


The mission of Seattle Presbytery is to participate, in word and deed, in God’s transforming work through the Gospel of Jesus Christ: †by strengthening the witness and mission of our congregations and members and by building strong partnerships with each other and the larger Christian community.

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Whitworth: Certificate in Lay Ministry (On site)

Seattle Presbytery

Churches and religious organizations are looking for dedicated men and women to serve in non-ordained positions of leadership. Unfortunately, many otherwise-qualified people are reluctant to pursue these positions because they do not feel adequately prepared biblically and theologically. Some need to acquire additional practical skills that will help them to be successful in ministry. Others are already involved in lay-ministry positions but feel limited by their lack of training and ongoing opportunities for development and support.

The Certificate in Lay Ministry Program is designed to help train, equip and support men and women to serve more effectively as commissioned lay pastors, Christian-education directors, lay ministry coordinators, youth leaders, church administrators, church elders and deacons, church office managers, and in a variety of other paid and unpaid leadership positions in local congregations. The course is specifically designed to provide the following components:

  • a theoretical framework and foundation in leadership and ministry issues from a Christian perspective;
  • practical skills and tools to help participants lead and manage increasingly complex ministries;
  • support in ministry, and networking opportunities with other church professionals.

Click here to learn more about the program