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Lay Ministry Program

A national program that develops lay ministry in The United Church of Canada is making St. Andrew’s College its new home.

The Designated Lay Ministry (DLM) diploma program will become a part of the college effective Sept. 1, expanding the college’s course offerings and providing the program with access to resources of St. Andrew’s and the Saskatoon Theological Union.

“St. Andrew’s is grateful to have been selected as the new home and host for this national program,” said principal Lorne Calvert. “The DLM diploma program will serve the entire United Church of Canada as it has done in the very successful offering of the program by the Calling Lakes Centre.”

The lay ministry program operated for the past nine years out of the Calling Lakes Centre in Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask. The relocation was required after the centre’s decision to end its programming in December 2014.

The program will continue to be led by Dr. Jennifer Janzen-Ball, whose office will be located at St. Andrew’s College, and it will be supported and led by the planning team and teaching resources that provide the current programming.

Students of the program will gather twice annually (January and June) on campus for 10-day learning circles.

St. Andrew’s will receive annual grant funding from The United Church of Canada for the program and the student tuition of those enrolled in the program. The college will provide financial and administrative resources to support the DLM program.

The library and learning resources of the college and the Saskatoon Theological Union will be available to the students and DLM leadership team as will learning, worship and fellowship space.

“Over time we anticipate deepening integration in program options with opportunities for teaching and faculty sharing,” Calvert said. “An opportunity will exist for the pooling of the current resources of the college and of the DLM program to benefit the entire student body regardless of the program they are enrolled in. Over time, we can imagine the student body in the MDiv program, in advanced programs, in the DLM program and in a potential dual degree program learning of and from each other as they rub shoulders in education at St. Andrew’s.”

A designated lay minister is a layperson that has been recognized and appointed by a presbytery/district to serve in paid accountable ministry in the United Church. The diploma program is required to be recognized as a DLM in The United Church of Canada.

For many years the DLM Diploma was offered in Montreal before being relocated to become a program of the Calling Lakes Centre 2005. At that time, St. Andrew’s faculty played a role in the new program design, particularly in sharing aspects of the learning circle model incorporated in the St. Andrew’s MDiv program, and kinship between the programs has continued.

“This is a great new chapter in the life of St. Andrew’s and the DLM Diploma program with much potential for the enrichment of both,” Calvert said. “St. Andrew’s welcomes the candidates for Designated Lay Ministry and the program staff and team into our future together.”

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