DLM - Charlotte Sullivan Diploma in Designated Lay Ministry
“There is no reason why our own people can’t be ministers in their communities. We should learn to take ownership of our churches. We should be self-sufficient and not rely on others to supply our spiritual needs. That is my dream.” – Charlotte Sullivan, Gitxsan
The Charlotte Sullivan Diploma in Designated Lay Ministry program is a community‐based program for Indigenous lay people, in which learning takes place where students live and serve.
Support the United Church and VST enable candidates to continue to serve in local ministry while studying to develop and practice the required competencies for Designated Lay Ministry. This context is crucial for effective integration of social, cultural, religious and political values of First Nations societies. In addition to community-based education students attend VST’s Indigenous Studies Program Summer School for two weeks in July. During its 30 years, 1000 students from 57 Indigenous tribes have either attended and/or taught in the Summer School.
Funding to support candidates for Designated Lay Ministry in the Charlotte Sullivan Diploma in Designated Lay Ministry program may be available through the United Church in Canada.