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If you’re interested in growing your faith, expanding your knowledge in leadership and service,

and learning more about the Bible and being Lutheran, consider participating in a Lay Academy course.

Some of the most talented, engaging speakers and teachers are providing education

and training to you in a new format within the church tradition.

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News and Updates

Due to a shortage of resources, our Sessions in educational areas of general interest have ceased to be offered. However,  the Lay Academy is pleased to note that our Leading In Faith Today (LIFT) curriculum will still be available (see Courses).

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Committed to equipping and empowering lay people for ministry in their daily life

The Lay Academy is a new collaborative program of the Lutheran Theological Seminary and four Western Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), that seeks to provide continuing education opportunities for lay people in the church and for those being prepared for the Lay Ministry leadership. The establishment of the Lay Academy is in response to the leadership needs of congregations and the interest expressed by lay people for a comprehensive program of study.

Our Mission


The Lay Academy will provide lay persons with continuously developing skills

and knowledge in theology, leadership and discipleship,

deepening their spiritual life, and equipping them for work and mission in the congregation,

Besides empowering lay people for ministry in their daily life our goal is to also

assist the church in educating authorized lay ministers in underserved areas

for the ministry of Word and Sacrament within defined parameters.



The Lay Academy training program values:

Accessibility – presentation options are provided to accommodate a variety of learning styles and delivery methods.

Fun — where individuals anticipate the learning and development experience without resenting the investment of time.

Hospitality — in an environment where participation is inviting and reassuring.

Integration — where faith and life come together as an expression of the Gospel.

Purposeful — where individuals discover a depth of discipleship and breadth of Christian community.

Relational — where individuals develop a deep sense of belonging supported by the development of healthy relationships.

Safety — where there is open acceptance without fear of judgment or rejection.

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