Synod-Authorized Ministry assists the church in providing Word & Sacrament ministry to congregations when ordained pastors are not available. The synod bishop, with the consent of the congregation, may authorize a lay person to serve in a particular congregation for a designated period of time.
The Central/Southern Illinois Synod utilizes Synod-Authorized Ministry throughout the synod as needed. Lay people who are members of an ELCA congregation and authorized to serve have been educated through selected adult faith formation classes and mentored by ELCA pastors. Educational courses cover topics such as Old Testament, New Testament, Lutheran Confessions, preaching, and more.
For more information about serving in Synod-Authorized Ministry and the coursework required contact Pastor Ken Tegtmeier.