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School of Lay Ministry. New England Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The History of “the School”. The School of Lay Ministry is a treasure of the New England Synod. It was started in the Fall of 2007 in response to the need for spiritual growth and education for laity .

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School of lay ministry

School of Lay Ministry

New England Synod

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


The history of the school

The History of “the School”

  • The School of Lay Ministry is a treasure of the New England Synod.

  • It was started in the Fall of 2007 in response to the need for spiritual growth and education for laity.

  • The school is four years old and has graduated three classes:

    2009 – 18 students

    2010 – 12 students

    2011 - 33 students

    There were 65 students in the school this year.

    33 students graduated this June

    at Synod Assembly


Fall retreat 2007

Fall Retreat 2007

Pr. Nancy Eldredge Hess and Pr. Ted Asta gathered with twenty students at the

Blue Gentian Lodge in Londonderry, VT

for the Fall retreat.

This began the first school year of the

New England Synod

School of Lay Ministry


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First group of students enrolled in the

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School organization

School Organization

The School of Lay Ministry is a two year program divided into 4 parts

  • Retreats – one in the Fall and Spring of each year.

  • Personal study and reflection

  • Study Groups – set up geographically around the Synod

  • Graduation – at Synod Assembly at the completion of the required coursework


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Since then most retreats have been

held at Camp Calumet


Retreats

Retreats


Topic presentations in a classroom setting

Topic presentations in a classroom setting …..

presented by highly qualified speakers


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Pr. Ted Asta

Church History Fall 2007, 2009


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Pr. Nancy Eldredge Hess

Theology 101 Fall 2007, 2009


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Pr. Don Larsen

Bible Fall 2008, 2010


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Pr. Tim Keyl

Liturgy / Music Spring 2008


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Pr. Henry Morris

Liturgy Preparation Spring 2009


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Pr. Susan Nachtigal

Pastoral Care Spring 2010


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Pr. Ted Asta

Homeletics Spring 2011


Finding god in nature

Finding God in Nature ….


With comfortable lodging

With comfortable Lodging …


Great food

Great Food …..


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Compassionate Leaders …….


With time for

With time for ………

Personal reflection


Rest relaxation

Rest, Relaxation,


Recreation

Recreation


Just hanging around

…… just hanging around…..

  • Sharing.


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and worship.


Study groups

Study Groups

Learning

Together…….


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while developing community.


Graduation at synod assembly

Graduation at Synod Assembly


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Class of 2009


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Class of 2010


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Class of 2011


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Spring Retreat 2011

Rolling Ridge Conference Center, N. Andover, MA


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  • For one member of the 2011 graduating class, Eric Lane,

  • the best thing about the school has been the people he’s met, especially his classmates and instructors.

  • “I've felt a deeper connection to the church and the individuals in it,” said Lane,

  • “because of the experiences I've had at the School of Lay Ministry, not to mention a deeper understanding of the Bible.”


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