School for Lay Ministry

JUNE 29-JULY 1, 2020


Luther Seminary’s School for Lay Ministry is open to all people interested in training to more fully serve in a variety of ministry roles in their faith communities.


  1. Healing the Wound that Binds Us: Addressing Our Grief for Effective Ministry
    Beverly Wallace

    We all have wounds. To be human is to be vulnerable meaning we all have been hurt and wounded and have experience grief. Yet we are called into the work of ministry even in our woundedness. Using the work of Teresa Pasquale's Sacred Wounds: A Path of Healing from Spiritual Trauma and Resmaa Menekem’s My Grandmother’s Hands in these two sessions, participants will understand why it is important to identify sources of personal and collective woundedness, discern how these experiences may get in the way of engaging in effective ministry, begin to identify participants’ own personal wounds and grief experiences, and develop practices that will assist in grief and healing processes that will promote healthy ministry engagement. Sacred conversations and rituals will assist in these learnings.

  2. Women in the American Church
    Jennifer Wojciechowski

    From preaching to paying the pastor’s salary, women’s contributions to the church have been varied and immensely important. This course will explore the history of women in the American church. A variety of topics will be covered including: the Christian female experience, women’s commitment to missions and reform, and women in leadership.

  3. Luther and the Sacraments
    Mark Tranvik, Augsburg University

    Martin Luther sees baptism as God's radical intrusion into the life of the Christian. It sets in motion a whole new way of seeing ourselves and the world. The Lord's Supper supplies real food for the new journey begun in our watery birth. In our time together we will discuss how the sacraments disrupt our lives and move us into our grace-fueled callings.

  4. Preaching Sacred Texts for Everyday People
    Joy J. Moore

    For many, Bible reading signals a sacred habit intent on giving meaning to human existence in the universe. But too often reading for information has eclipsed the amazing story that is told from Genesis to Revelation. Because we have forgotten how to recognize this story, we have forgotten we are a people with a story that is not yet over. These sessions will reintroduce key stories from the Old and New Testaments, with suggestions for preaching that tells the dramatic narrative of God as revealed in Jesus.

  • $125


  • 20

    Contact Hours

  • Class times

    Monday, 12:30-4:30 p.m.;
    Tuesday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Seminar Leaders

    Mark Tranvik, Augsburg University
    Beverly Wallace, Luther Seminary
    Mark Granquist, Luther Seminary
    Jennifer Wojciechowski, Luther Seminary

  • Recommended Reading

    Mark Tranvik session:

    1. Martin Luther, The Large Catechism
      “Luther on Baptism” (pp. 456-466)
    2. Martin Luther, The Large Catechism
      “Luther on The Lord’s Supper,” (pp. 467-480)
    Beverly Wallace session:

    1. Teresa Pasquale, Sacred Wounds: A Path of Healing from Spiritual Trauma
    2. Resmaa Menekem, My Grandmother’s Hands

Class Schedule