Program Overview

The Lay Ministry major requires a double major in Theology and Lay Ministry.

What You’ll Learn in the Lay Ministry Program

Our program teaches you the skills you’ll need to:

  • Work in a congregation under a pastor’s guidance and direction
  • Respond to the spiritual needs of a congregation
  • Assist in outreach ministry
  • Teach religion to youth and adults

Career Choices in Lay Ministry

Our degree program prepares you to make spiritual contributions as:

  • Parish nurses
  • Youth directors
  • Parish administrators
  • Lay ministers
  • Evangelism workers
  • Senior ministry providers

Areas of Emphasis

The B.A. in Lay Ministry requires you to specialize in two areas of ministry to serve the church:

  • Evangelism - outreach ministry leading people to Jesus Christ
  • Missions - taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ across cultural boundaries
  • Parish teaching - administering programs like vacation Bible school and Sunday School
  • Youth ministry – using relational ministry to serve congregational youth programs
  • Pre-deaconess/social ministry – develop skills in nurturing people with special needs

Complementary Majors/Minors

  • Parish Music
  • Theology
  • Missions
  • Parish Nursing
  • Social Work

If you have earned a major in a field compatible with Lay Ministry, such as Parish Music, Parish Nursing, and Social Work, you can become certified after completing the Lay Ministry minor.


The curriculum for the B.A. in Lay Ministry includes Theology major coursework as well as classes in interpersonal communications and writing and delivering devotional messages.

For More Information

For additional information on the B.A. degree in Lay Ministry program, please contact:

Dr. John W. Oberdeck
Director for Lay Ministry

Tina Jacoby
Administrative Assistant

Office Location: Luther 114