Outline of Volunteer Lay-Pastor Training Program



The Volunteer Lay Pastor Training Program of the Wisconsin Conference is held three times per year to train and equip recommended persons to potentially serve as a volunteer pastor where and when needed in our Conference. Below is an outline of this program. To learn more, contact your local pastor and/or the Wisconsin Conference Personal Ministries Coordinator, Titus Naftanaila.


Goal of the Program

That each participant learn…
>The joy of servant leadership
>The Christian power of influence
>Team ministry
>To view mission in a global context
>To be a lay pastor of a congregation

That each participant develop…
Adequate skills for a variety of ministry situations
>A vision for mentoring and training others
>A passion for their own unique ministry gifts

Program Outline

>Classes are held in a seminar format
>Class time is spent in intensives with most of the class work being conducted during the intensive
>Weekend intensives at the Conference Office are held three times per year (February, May & November) beginning Friday night at 7:00 pm and ending at noon on Sunday


>Participate in a mentoring relationship with your district pastor (recommendation required)
>Complete 2.) CEO’s annually
>The conference utilizes the Adventist Learning Community ALC to monitor this process

Core Areas

>Church Leadership and Administration
>Discipleship and Church Growth
>Preaching and Worship
>Conflict Prevention and Resolution
>Ethics and Accountability
>Theological Development
>Personal Development

District Pastor Participation

>You must be recommended by your district pastor to join the program
>You must work carefully and respectfully with your district pastor
>You are part of the ministry team
>You need to be a learner and a supporter of ministry even if you know how to do a particular ministry better than your pastor