synod lay ministry

Synod lay ministry

The Eastern North Dakota Synod values lay ministry and seeks to equip lay leaders for service within congregations, parishes, and ministries throughout the synod. Together with congregations and rostered ministers, we will lift up leaders who feel the call to serve in their local context or neighboring ministries in a variety of areas: pulpit supply (preaching), worship leadership, presiding at sacraments (additional requirements), visitation, Christian education, stewardship, and service.

  • Synod Lay Ministers can serve in their local congregation in partnership with other Rostered Ministers or in the absence of a called Rostered Minister. They can also offer their gifts to a nearby ministry for pulpit supply, to lead a Bible study, or to help meet needs during a transition. Synod Lay Ministers who feel called to preach can be listed on the EaND Pulpit Supply List.
  • Synod Authorized Ministry is for times when a congregation is without a Minister of Word and Sacrament (pastor) and the Bishop authorizes someone to preside at Holy Communion for a specific time and location. Individuals who wish to be authorized will need to meet additional requirements than Synod Lay Ministers, as most often they are serving under a longer-term contract with a congregation or parish.