A guide for churches to prepare working adults to transition into vocational ministry while staying serving in their local church.
When we gathered a group of people together to write this guide a few churches were just starting to approach education and training of adult laity in a systematic way. It has been a growing approach as second-career adults sense the call to the ordained ministry. We see this as a growing approach in the future. So we called together a bright group of thinkers and writers to produce this guide for churches to prepare working adults to transition into vocational ministry while staying and serving in their local church. That’s what this is—a first draft of what is becoming a second track into ministry (the first track being traditional-aged college students called to ministry). In this guide you’ll find the help you need to develop an orderly process of helping these laywoman and laymen get their educational requirements met while learning the practical side of ministry from you—a pastor in a local church. This is just the first draft of this guide so we hope you will help us improve it in the future by sending in additional ideas and tips! This group was an incredibly talented group—they gathered and put in the hard work to write this guide for you—I hope it helps the scores of local churches who are now raising up their own ministers from their adult laymen and laywomen!