CLPA Study Program
The Pacific Institute of Christian Ministry (PICM) provides education to the laity that will enable and prepare them to serve in the ministry. The institute was established to meet the needs of our growing Seventh-day Adventist churches.
- 1. To help local church members discover and use their spiritual gifts effectively.
- 2. To provide professional lay pastoral training for all church members.
- 3. To prepare gifted members to disciple others in the local church.
- 4. To encourage lay leaders to work together with pastors in fulfilling the Great Commission.
- 5. To adopt the concept that every pastor is an equipper and every member a minister.
Training Delivery Options
- Onsite - Held across the Pacific Union Conference and North American Division.
- Online - Classes and webinars via the Internet.
- Distance Education - Study through correspondence.
- Extension Schools - Classes in other divisions, unions, and conferences.
Certified Lay Pastoral Assistant (CLPA)
CLPA Graduation Requirements
- 1. Finish the 26 CLPA courses
- 2. Fulfill a ministry field project
- 3. Lay pastoral internship in the local church
- 4. Attend a graduation symposium for the CLPA candidates
For additional information, contact David Brown, Field Representative and Student Services Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.