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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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Diploma in Lay Pastoral Ministry

Seattle Presbytery

June 6-10 and 13-17, 2011

Whitworth's non-degree Diploma in Lay Pastoral Ministry Program is designed to help train, equip, and support lay people to serve more effectively as commissioned lay pastors and lay ministers and in other paid and unpaid lay-leadership positions in the Presbyterian Church (USA), as well as in other denominations. This program is designed especially for people who live at a distance from Whitworth University and who can study only in condensed blocks of time.


  • Survey of the Old Testament
  • Christian Theology
  • Polity and Church Leadership
  • Pastoral Care and Ministry
  • Preaching: Principles and Practice
  • Survey of the New Testament
  • Introduction to Church History
  • Worship and the Sacraments

What Our Students Say about the Program:
I have been impressed by Whitworth's commitment to help lay ministry students prepare for their roles and by the quality and sincerity of all of the professors who educate and shape us for service.  I am truly regretful that my time in the program has come to an end.  I look forward to future opportunities to participate in educational experiences at Whitworth. - Ruth Willford

The schedule is the key to this program.  Being in community has multiplied the experience tenfold.  I don’t think the benefits of studying in a block of time can be emphasized enough.
-  Jean Shofner

Program Cost: $275/course (plus room/board and books)

For further information, visit our website at, or contact Michelle Pace at 509.777.3275 or