Lay Academy

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In response to concerns regarding in person gatherings due to CoViD-19 we have made the decision to shift the Lay Academy program from an in person to an online experience. Click here to read about the benefits and drawbacks of this transition and how we are working to address the drawbacks.


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About the Lay Academy

The Lay Academy 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. The Lay Academy offers three learning tracks – Faith Foundations (two year track); Leadership Skills (one year track) and Lay Ministry Skills (one year track). Participation in Faith Foundations is a prerequisite for participation in the Ministry Skills track. Each track has five six-week sessions that take place from late August through April.

All Lay Academy Sessions are planned and led by seminary professors, Conference staff and clergy with expertise in a given area.

Each Lay Academy session:

  • Features a minimum of three two-hour zoom sessions. During these zoom times we will share in prayers and devotions and engage with the instructor, the session content and one another.
  • Consists of reading assignments, opportunities to reflect on reading and engage with other learners as well as writing, projects and other assignments to enhance learning. This work is done on your own time (asynchronously).

We estimate you will spend approximately 15-20 hours of focused effort stretched over a six-week period for each Lay Academy session.

We use Mighty Networks (a social networking platform similar to Facebook) and Zoom to deliver session content and facilitate learning and community building.

Participation in all Zoom sessions as well as completion of all online assignments is required to receive credit for each Lay Academy session.

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

To log into your account to make online payments, click here, or email Nola.

Faith Foundations Schedules and Fees
Lay Leadership Skills Schedule and Fees

More information

Rev. Tisha Brown
Associate Conference Minister for Leadership Development
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(608) 846-7880