School of Lay Ministry

The New England Synod School of Lay Ministry is an opportunity for spiritual growth, fellowship and learning together.” It is “designed to educate and equip lay people for enhanced participation in congregational and synodical life through personal spiritual development, biblical enhancement, and life-long learning.” – New England Synod of Lay Ministry

Everyone who is interested in acquiring new skills for serving their congregation and gaining deeper knowledge of the life and teachings of the Lutheran Church, is welcome and invited to enroll in the New England Synod’s School of Lay Ministry.

THE PROGRAM: The program is structured around a two-year, rotating curriculum with the first year devoted to Bible study and the second year focusing on theology and church history. Each session begins in September and concludes in May. Participants enter the program each fall. Each year begins and concludes with a retreat at Camp Calumet, on Ossipee Lake, New Hampshire.

REGISTRATION: Registrations are due by August 15. A signature from your pastor and tuition deposit must be submitted at this time. See APPLICATION.

AT GOOD SHEPHERD: Participants from the Good Shepherd congregation, led by member Alan Crowley, meet here every Wednesday evening (with holiday exceptions) between September and May, from 6 to 8 pm, for discussion following study of preassigned reading materials. Everyone is welcome to attend these discussions even if not enrolled in the program.

MARCH SESSIONS: During the Month of March, we will be viewing and discussing the excellent series produced by PBS, “God in America.” See videos and the study guides below. We plan on viewing two episodes a week, using our class meeting times to explore the study questions. We meet on Wednesdays, 6 to 8 PM.

Wednesday, April 1st – 6:00 to 8:00 PM – Join us via Zoom Meeting! All are welcome to join us as we view and discuss PBS’ God in America Episode 6, “Of God and Caesar” simultaneously. There’s room for everyone. We can welcome up to 100 participants.

Zoom Meeting Link:
Study Guide:


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Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – 273 Vt Route 15 – PO Box 495 – Jericho, VT 05465

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