Do you serve in your congregation because you “just know” it’s what you are called to do?  Have you wondered if there is a more formal way of using your gifts in your role as a lay leader?  Have you been told you have a gift as a Christian educator, listener, lay preacher or an encourager like Barnabas?

Our Southwestern Washington Synod is starting an innovative program called PSALM to strengthen people like you in lay  ministry and we are looking for our first official participants!  Interested?

The Program for Strengthening Active Lay Ministry (cleverly abbreviated as PSALM) is a new structured educational program meant to both hone your gifts and deepen your faith to better serve your    congregation.  Through formal study, mentoring and retreats you will receive a solid background in Biblical  Studies, Lutheran Confessions, Church History, and Practical Theology.

Jesus called his first disciples by name.  He continues to call each of us by name and we, as Lutherans, value our common calling to share the Gospel of Jesus in all we do…whatever we do.

To be admitted into the PSALM will require mutual discerning  between you, your pastor, and church council.  Check out the information attached below.

Submission deadline for your completed  Application and Essay, Pastor Endorsement, Covenant of Support and Background Check for the 2nd year class is August 31, 2019 emailed to the Synod at to be considered for our 2nd year class which begins with a retreat October 17-18, 2019.  Must be able to make retreat of October 17-18, 2019 in Olympia. Questions? Contact us at 253-535-8300 or

Blessings on your discernment!

2019-2020 PSALM Handbook (with full appendices)

2019 PSALM Application Form

2019 PSALM Pastor Endorsement Form

2019 PSALM Covenant of Support Form