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
Fridays 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Year 1

Faith Foundations Year 1 will run again during 2020-2021

Year 2, 2019-2020

September 6-7, 2019 – Christian Spiritual Practices – Rev. Vicki Wunsch
November 1-2 – New Testament Part 1 – Rev. Dr. Karl Kuhn
January 17-18, 2020 – New Testament Part 2 – Rev. Dr. Karl Kuhn
March 6-7 – The Church at Work in History – Rev. Dr. Julia Speller
April 24-25 – Interfaith Cooperation and Ministry – Noah Silverman, Interfaith Youth Corp

Lay Leadership Skills: Year 3, 2018- 2019
Fridays 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Lay Leadership Skills Year 3 will run again during 2020-2021

Lay Ministry Skills: Year 4, 2019 – 2020
Fridays 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

September 6-7, 2019 – The Art of Faith Formation – Rev. Dr. Stacy Meyers
November 1-2  – The Art of Pastoral Care – Rev. Susan Shands
January 17-18, 2020 – The Art of Worship – Rev. Richard Bruxvoort-Colligan
March 6-7 – The Art of Preaching – Rev. Dr. Mark Yurs
April 24-25 – The Art of Discernment – Rev. Dr. Sandra Graham & Dr. Patricia Jensen

2019-2020 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