School of the Laity

In the fall of 1988, ten laypeople of Savannah Presbytery became the first graduating class of an innovative presbytery ministry known as the School of the Laity. The School of the Laity was a vision of then Executive Presbyter Dr. J. Richard Bass who recognized the desire of laypersons to engage in serious study of scripture, theology, and ministry.

The School of the Laity has strengthened the faith and equipped the leadership of more than 320 graduates throughout our presbytery (and beyond). The program is designed to provide seven core courses with summer, fall and spring sessions. Over the past few years, courses have also been opened to persons who would like to engage in single classes rather than commit to the full, two-year coursework, allowing them to participate as their schedules and interests permit. We have also been encouraged by the continuous return of SOL graduates who have chosen to engage in an intriguing elective study or retake a core course.

The courses are:

Introduction to the Bible
New Testament Survey
Old Testament Survey
Intro to Reformed Theology
History, Mission and Polity
Elements of Worship
Practical Ministries

School of the Laity graduates are providing outstanding leadership in their congregations, the presbytery and the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.

2017 School of the Laity graduates, from left: Ken Bailey, Emily Crawford Sanders, Barbara Conner, Daniel Walters