STEM (Systematic Training for Effective Ministries) is a joint ministry of lay education for service in the church, offered by the Michigan Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Michigan Conference of the United Church of Christ. The Lay Leadership Development Program develops lay leaders for service in their home churches and other community settings. The Licensed/Commissioned Ministry Program is training specifically preparing laity for leadership in our congregations as pastors.
The STEM mission statement:
STEM's mission is "to equip lay leaders, Christian educators, and licensed and commissioned ministers to carry out their varied ministries through Biblical study, spiritual formation and by developing leadership Skills."
Those interested in expanding their spiritual lives and developing leadership skills may enroll in any Lay Leadership Development STEM workshop, or if called to pastoral ministry, a lay leader may enroll as a full-time or part- time student, joining the Licensed/Commissioned Ministry Certification Program.
Lay Leadership Development Workshops:
Lay Leadership Development Workshops are designed for lay members and lay leaders who are interested in exploring their faith and in gaining new skills for leadership within the church. Workshops are designed to address current topics and needs of the lay leadership in our churches. Topics will vary from year to year. Workshops will be offered at different locations throughout Michigan. Lay leaders will be able to enroll individually for as many workshops as fit their needs.
Licensed/Commissioned Ministry Program:
A five-year program for training and nurturing Lay Leaders who feel Gods call to specialized pastoral ministry. The LCMP will help students discern their own gifts for ministry, develop and deepen their own theology, and gain practical skills for pastoral ministry. Students must attend 8 classes for 4 years, complete a number of written and preaching assignments, and attend a History and Polity class for their denomination.
A call to ministry requires discernment both by the individual, the local church, and the wider church. Those interested in Licensed/Commissioned Ministry should meet with their pastor and with the appropriate authorizing body before applying to the LCMP.
Authorization for ministry comes from either the United Church of Christ Association Committees on Church and Ministry or the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Commission on Ministry.
The STEM Licensed/Commissioned Ministry Program operates in communication with these authorizing bodies.
The STEM Licensed/Commissioned Ministry Program is a training program. It does not authorize you to be a licensed/commissioned minister.
Applications and questions should be directed to the STEM Dean.
584 Sedgefield Dr.
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304