lay ministry

school for lay ministry

What is Lay School?

The School for Lay Ministry’s purpose is to provide adult Christian education in the areas of the Old and New Testament, Lutheran Confessions, Pastoral Care, Worship & Liturgy, and Church History. To do this, we draw on the gifts of seminary professors, those who serve in specialized ministries, and others. The School serves the synods of Northwestern Minnesota and Eastern North Dakota and is open to any person, lay or rostered in the two synods.

SAVE THE DATE!  Upcoming Lay School dates:

September 28, 2019

"Reading, Teaching, and Preaching the Gospel according to Matthew"

With Dr. Matt Skinner


March 7, 2020

May 2, 2020


History of the School for Lay Ministry

G.I.F.T.S. Events - hosted by Western North Dakota Synod

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"Reading, teaching, and preaching the gospel

according to matthew" WITH dR mATT SKINNER


September 28th

United Lutheran, Grand Forks

9:30am - 3:30pm

Matthew can feel like a Gospel of extremes. Sometimes it highlights the deep comfort Jesus provides (“My yoke is easy, and my burden is light”). Other passages emphasize judgment, often in harsh terms (“Throw him into the outer darkness!”). As it tells its story about Jesus, it speaks, sometimes in jarring ways, about the fragility of faith, the importance of Christian community, and the threats that lurk in human nature and religious malpractice. On September 28 we will carefully examine Matthew's portrayal of Jesus and the good news he announces. We will pay attention to what makes this Gospel distinctive within the New Testament, explore its sense of urgency and its prominent themes, learn about the historical realities that influenced the book, and consider how Matthew can inform our faith and life. No matter what level of familiarity or unfamiliarity you might already have with Matthew’s Gospel, our time together will help you become a more insightful reader, teacher, and preacher of this influential book.