Luther Seminary’s School for Lay Ministry is open to all people interested in training to more fully serve in a variety of ministry roles in their congregations. Many ELCA synods provide lay schools of ministry that offer certification after training to lay people. The courses below were designed in partnership with the synods of the ELCA of Northeastern, Northwestern and Southwestern Minnesota; and Eastern and Western North Dakota to fulfill some of the requirements for these synods.
Glen Bloomstrom: SafeTalk
Whether directly or indirectly, most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. safeTALK prepares participants to recognize these invitations and connect a person with thoughts of suicide to intervention resources. Powerful videos illustrate the importance of suicide alertness, while discussion and practice stimulate learning.
Dirk Lange: The Next 500 Years: From Conflict to Communion
Launching the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, the Lutheran World Federation along with Pope Francis gave thanks for the gifts of the Reformation and lamented the divisions that followed. This session gives an update on the progress made in ecumenical dialogue, its significance, and outlines what lies ahead.
Alvin Luedke: Myths and Realities of Rural Ministry
Stories from Small Town and Rural (STaR) communities and congregations often resound with themes of challenge, decline, and despair. Yet God has called people to live and work in these communities, and has called people and congregations to be faithful witnesses there. We will consider how the Holy Spirit might be moving among STaR communities and congregations, and our response as people of faith and hope through Jesus Christ.
Kathryn Schifferdecker: Ruth, Esther, and Song of Songs The books of Ruth, Esther, and Song of Songs are all small Old Testament books, often overlooked in Christian preaching and teaching. Yet they contain hidden treasures - great stories, beautiful poetry, humor, and strong women's voices. Come explore these little gems of the biblical narrative and re-acquaint yourself with the themes found in them: love, loyalty, beauty, courage, and faith.
Monday, 1-4:30 p.m. Tuesday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.