Lydia Patterson Institute Student Lay Ministry Program

Date Posted: 7/10/2014

Student Lay Ministry Program - Lydia Patterson Institute
In 1998, Lydia Patterson Institute developed the Student Lay Ministry Program in response to the needs of the United Methodist Church for bilingual and bicultural leaders to assist in developing Hispanic ministries.  With the explosive growth of the Latino communities throughout the country, the United Methodist Church sees the need to minister and reach out to this population, but faces the challenge of differences in the language and culture.  The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to choose a route that will prepare them for higher education as well as train them to serve as Lay Ministers in areas where they may be useful to the church.  The students that choose this route will receive special training to work in the areas of Hispanic Ministry while attending and after leaving LPI.  Special emphasis in the training will be directed towards religion, culture and language.  The student must also serve an internship in a local church, agency, institution or other ministry of the UMC while attending and after graduation from LPI.  In return, the student may be awarded a scholarship from a UM college or university and the local church where the student serves an internship may provide room and board.  Seminaries may also provide scholarships to students interested in ministry. 
Student Lay Ministry Summer Intern Program - Lydia Patterson Institute
Each summer LPI will send out between 20-30 Lay Ministry Students to serve a summer internship with local churches, conference office or other UM organization.  The intern will work in many different programs of the church such as Vacation Bible School, mission trips and youth and children activities.  The intern brings their skills as a bilingual and bicultural bridge builder to assist the local church to reach the Hispanic community or help the congregation relate to the Hispanic culture.  The church provides opportunities to experience the different facets of church life and to explore their “call to ministry.”  The local church provides round trip transportation, room and board with a host family or families and other small benefits.  The interns arrive in early June and return to El Paso/Ciudad Juarez in early August.
For more information, please contact:
Richard Hearne                                                         
Director of Development                                           
Rev. Bill Davis
LPI Chaplain