Certificates or Diplomas

Lay Worship Leader Certificate

Offered by Collaborative Agreement between St Stephen’s College and Alberta and Northwest Conference, United Church of Canada

Through the development of ability, the deepening of character, and the awareness and integration of doctrine, this program will equip men and women for lay worship leadership in the United Church of Canada. The participants must have a sense of call to Christian ministry and exhibit a sense of passion in the faith. They must successfully complete the courses as outlined and demonstrate the integration of that study into daily life and work. They must be in essential agreement with the Polity of the United Church of Canada.

Admission Requirements

  • General readiness to function in an integrative theological program in terms of both personal qualities and academic competencies
  • Commitment to one’s lay profession or employment (paid or volunteer) as a ministry
  • Willingness to engage in a program that is grounded in the Christian faith but is also broadly ecumenical and interfaith; readiness to engage deeply in personal reflection; commitment to the practice of the spiritual or liturgical life

The Lay Worship Leader Certificate program consists of six weekend events, or modules. Each module is worth one credit, for a total of six credits in the program. While St Stephen’s College is responsible for issue of a Certificate upon successful completion of the six modules of study, it is the Presbytery who is charged with issuing a formal License. The Presbytery Education and Students Committee must be consulted during the process.

Since 2004, 80 people have graduated from the Lay Worship Leader Certificate Program. The program has been offered in Edmonton, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Smoky Lake, Camrose, Castor, Stettler and Whitehorse.

No new intake is currently scheduled for the Lay Worship Leader Certificate program. Sessions in Grande Prairie and Edmonton will end in 2015, and another intake may be scheduled at that time.