The Southwestern Washington Synod seeks to form and support trustworthy, inclusive lay leaders who are grounded in Christian faith and in a Lutheran expression of faith. The Program for Strengthening Active Lay Ministry (PSALM) is designed for congregation members who have discerned a call to more intentional and public lay leadership in their congregation and community.

PSALM is a two-year program that takes place over four terms. Each term is approximately 6 months long and begins with an overnight retreat. The coursework for the term is introduced at the retreat by a variety of presenters who bring expertise to the topics. In addition to course assignments each term, students will work on practical ministry projects in their congregation or ministry setting. They will have an opportunity to share these projects with each other as part of the retreats.

Questions? Contact us at psalm@plu.edu

Important Dates 

May 1– Applications Open–There are 10 spots in the program each year, so early application is encouraged. Application period will close when spots are filled.

August 22, 10am-Noon- Orientation Immanuel Lutheran, Centralia

October 2-3, 2020 (Friday 5pm – Saturday 3pm)—Fall/Winter Retreat

March 5-6, 2021 (Friday 5pm – Saturday 3pm)—Spring/Summer Retreat

To be admitted into the PSALM will require mutual discerning  between you, your pastor, and your church council.  Application forms are below.

Questions? Contact us at psalm@plu.edu.

Blessings on your discernment!

PSALM documents:

2020 PSALM General Information (pdf)

2020 PSALM Publicity Brochure (pdf)

 2020 PSALM Application form (pdf-fillable online)

 2020 PSALM Pastoral Recommendation form (pdf)

2020 PSALM Council Covenant of Support form (pdf)