Lay Academy


Moodle School

Lay Academy is a ministry of the Wisconsin Conference that engages lay people in spiritual growth and development through theological education. Anyone who longs to grow in faith, discover new ways to serve God and their community, and deepen their knowledge of Christian tradition, ministry, and mission is welcome.

Faith Foundations Years 1 and 2
A 2-year course focused on developing and deepening the foundations of faith.

  • Introduction to Lay Academy – Year 1 only
  • Reflecting theologically
  • Traditional & contemporary theology
  • Hebrew testament
  • World religions
  • Christian history
  • Christian testament
  • Ethics

Lay Leadership Skills
A course focusing on developing skills for effective leadership in the local church and wider community.

  • Understanding your leadership style
  • Transformative leadership
  • Governance and administration
  • Family systems theory
  • UCC history, polity and theology

Lay Ministry Skills
A course focusing on developing skills for congregation-based ministry.

  • Preaching
  • Faith Formation
  • Evangelism, stewardship and mission
  • Pastoral care
  • Worship and sacrament

Call the Conference office for more information at 608-846-7880.

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Scholarship Information

Covenant form for 2019-2020

Wisconsin Conference Lay Academy Schedule

Faith Foundations – Years 1 & 2
In-Person sessions: Fridays 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Trost Center in DeForest (4459 Gray Road)
Online sessions: 10:00am-12:00pm, plus some additional work online and on your own. Sessions below are in-person except where noted.

Year 1, 2020-2021     Register for Faith Foundations – Year 1

August 22, 2020 – Lay Academy Orientation
September 11-12, 2020 –You ARE a Theologian, Dow Edgerton, Instructor
November 6-7, 2020- –Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Part 1 Carolyn Pressler, Instructor
January 9, 2021 AND January 30, 2021–Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Part 2 Carolyn Pressler, Instructor (online)
March 5-6, 2021 –Christian Theologies, Instructor Carolyn Roncolato
April 24-25 – Christian Ethics & Contemporary Issues, instructor TBD

Year 2

Faith Foundations Year 2 will start again in 2021-2022

Lay Leadership Skills: Year 3, 2020-2021     Register for Lay Leadership Skills – Year 3
Fridays 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

September 11-12, 2020 – Who am I as a Leader?    Mark Tidsworth, Instructor
November 6-7 – What Does it Mean to be UCC?    LaShauna Austria, Instructor
Creating Fabulous Faith-Filled Meetings (or How to Avoid Meetings from Hell), Part 1, Barb Bickford, Instructor

January 16, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, and February 6, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Both two-hour video conferencing sessions plus additional work online and on your own is required to get credit for this session.

March 5-6 – Creating Fabulous Faith-Filled Meetings (or How to Avoid Meetings from Hell), Part 2, Barb Bickford, Instructor
April 24-25 – Leadership for Transformation   Steve Newcom, Instructor

Lay Ministry Skills: Year 4
Lay Ministry Skills Year 4 will start again in 2021-2022

2020-2021 Lay Academy Fees

Wisconsin residents:
$650 shared room
$800 private room
$500 commuter (no hotel room)

Out of state residents:
$700 shared room
$850 private room
$550 commuter (no hotel room)

Lay Academy participants are responsible for purchasing their own course materials (books).

The Spark: A Lay Academy Witness by Ruth Schmidt

Each course meets five weekends per year at or near the Wisconsin Conference Trost Center in DeForest. The weekend sessions meet from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Lodging is provided at a nearby hotel. Courses are taught by seminary professors, Conference staff and clergy with expertise in a given area. Additional requirements are designed to enhance learning.

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(608) 846-7880