Formation for Lay Leaders

Looking to grow as a leader in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota? Join us to stretch your intellect, deepen your faith, expand your toolkit, and build a foundation for collaborative, missional leadership in the context of your faith community and beyond.

All our courses are open to anyone unless otherwise noted. Feel free to contact Susan Daughtry, Missioner for Formation, for advice and questions about putting together a program that will equip you for the ministry you’re called to pursue!
Suggestions:

A Missional Leadership Series

Equipping guides for faith communities who want to engage God’s mission in their neighborhood
For vestry members, Mission Area Teams, Standing Committee, Council, or other elected bodies, and anyone who is interested in deepening their practice of leadership. What is happening to the institutional church today, and what might the Holy Spirit be doing among us? How can we be faithful to God’s call to serve the world while building genuine relationships with neighbors beyond the church walls? These courses will help you engage language, habits and practices that make room for God to lead us out into the neighborhood.

Year A:
Facilitating Community
Missional Leadership I: Participating in God’s Life and Love for the World
Christian Spirituality

Year B:
Prayer Book II: Call and Identity

Family Systems and Human Awareness
Missional Management
Preparing Congregations for Mission: Moving from Reflection to Action

Year C:

Missional Leadership II: Practices and Habits that Let God Lead

Additional/Recommended:

Supervised practicum/project within your faith community

Community Organizing Training
Anti-Racism Training

A Scripture, Teaching, and Preaching Series

Equipping for faith formation, teaching, and proclamation
For anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of Scripture in an Episcopal context, especially lay leaders, those who teach Sunday School or lead Bible studies, lay preachers, and clergy who want more training and practice. These courses will expand and sharpen your gifts for teaching and preaching so that you can better engage the Biblical story, helping your faith community to connect to God and to neighbor.

Year A:
Facilitating Community
Anglican Approach to the Bible
Layers: The Story of the Old Testament
Missional Leadership I
Prayer Book I: The Sacraments
Anglican Approach to Theology
Christian Spirituality
New Testament
Year B:
The Creeds and Practical Theology
Homiletics: Preaching the Bible
Christian Ethics
Prayer Book III: Holy Week and the Liturgical Year
Christian Spirituality and Practice
Capstone Course
Supervised preaching practicum/teaching project within your faith community

An Episcopal Worship Series

Equipping liturgical leadership
For anyone who serves in worship ministries in their faith community: musicians, acolytes, altar guild, vergers, lay readers, and anyone who wants to learn more about the Anglican worship tradition and the many ways it is lived out in our faith communities today. These courses will ground you in the baptismal theology of Episcopal worship so that your faith community’s practice of prayer and liturgy connects people to God and to God’s mission in the neighborhood.

Year A:
Facilitating Community
Prayer Book I: The Sacraments
Missional Leadership I: Participating in God’s Life and Love for the World
Christian Spirituality
Liturgical Practicum

Year B:
Prayer Book II: Identity and Call
Missional Leadership II: Habits and Practices that Let God Lead
Prayer Book III: Holy Week and the Liturgical Year
Liturgical Practicum