Lay Preaching

Become a Licensed Lay Preacher!


In conjunction with the Academy for Vocational Leadership, the Whitaker Institute offers the opportunity to learn preaching as part of the Bible year plus six in-depth courses on the craft of preaching. Licenses are granted upon completion of the entire program year of bible. This course grounds participants in scripture and theology while equipping in the craft of preaching.

Who: All who feel called to preach are invited to become a licensed lay preacher.

When: Ten Saturdays (once a month, from September through June) from 9am -3pm, plus six Saturday evenings (October through March) specifically on Preaching, from 7 to 9pm.

*Enrollment is closed for 2018*.  To be placed on the waitlist for 2019, email The Rev. Vicki Hesse at

Lay Preacher Curriculum Calendar


September 14, 2019

October 12, 2019

November 16, 2019

December 14, 2019

January 18, 2020

February 15, 2020

March 14, 2020

April 18, 2020

May 16, 2020

June 13, 2020

Bible Class Time

8:45am – 3:30pm

8:45am – 3:30pm

8:45am – 3:30pm

8:45am – 3:30pm

8:45am – 3:30pm

8:45am – 3:30pm

8:45am – 3:30pm

8:45am – 3:30pm

8:45am – 3:30pm

8:45am – 3:30pm

Preacher Class Time


Session 1 5:30 – 9pm

Session 2 5:30 – 9pm

Session 3 5:30 – 9pm

Session 4 5:30 – 9pm

Session 5 5:30 – 9pm

Session 6 5:30 – 9pm




Saturday schedule:

8:45 Morning Prayer with student preacher
9:15 Academic classes begin
11:55 Noonday Prayer followed by Lunch
1:00 Academic Classes resume
3:30 Classes end / break
5:30 Dinner
6:15 Evening Prayer with student preacher
7pm Preaching classes until 9pm (other students in other practicum classes)

Where: Colombiere Retreat Center, Clarkston, MI

How: Application for participation with short interview, Upon acceptance to the program, you will be assigned a Preaching Mentor during this period, who will work with you for review and conversation. As part of the training, you will be asked to preach at congregation (either your own, or at another, organized by Whitaker Institute) at least 6 times during the period. Lay preachers will be assigned a Preaching Mentor during this period and will work with that person for review and conversation. Participants are expected to complete the readings, watch the videos, write papers and preach in class and in their congregations between sessions. Scroll down to apply & register

Pricing: To complete both the Saturday Series and the Homiletics Class, price is $500. Alternatively, one can complete the courses individually. The pricing of the entire Saturday Series is $400 and the Homiletics course is $150 (requires some biblical prerequisite studies).

Application deadline: September 1

Start date: September 8th

Bible: The Rev. Dr. Valerie Fargo
Preaching: The Very Rev. Susan Williams