God has given gifts to his church so that his people can be equipped for ministry. As a part of that process, the Southeast Michigan Synod has established a program called “Ministry Academy.” It consists of 12 courses in the areas of church history, biblical interpretation, Old and New Testament studies, worship, Christian discipleship, and more.

Classes are taught by synod pastors in local churches, and all classes are open to anyone interested in deepening his or her faith-understanding and gaining skills for involvement in the work of the church. The Academy also serves as a training program for those interested in becoming Licensed Lay Ministers, a licensed position in the synod. Licensed Lay Ministers serve congregations in a variety of ways, such as in outreach programs, leading Bible or Confirmation classes, ministering to people in nursing homes or other institutions. They also are trained to preach and preside at the altar when needed.

If you are interested in learning more about the Academy or the role of Licensed Lay Minister, please call the Synod Office (313-821-1055) or contact Pastor Scott McKinney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Robert Brannon, Program Administrator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (586) 871-4568. A brochure giving course descriptions, a schedule of classes, and guidelines for the office of Licensed Lay Minister are all available for the asking. If you are interested in learning more about the Academy or the role of Licensed Lay Minister, please call the Synod Office (313-821-1055) or contact Pastor Scott McKinney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Robert Brannon, Program Administrator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (586) 871-4568. A brochure giving course descriptions, a schedule of classes, and guidelines for the office of Licensed Lay Minister are all available for the asking. The new mailing address for correspondences is: Licensed Lay Ministry, 31139 East Wind Drive, Fraser, MI 48026