Sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church
The Leadership Program for Musicians Serving Small Congregations (LPM) is open to all denominations. It is a national program, and organizations throughout the country host local programs, such as this Wartburg College offering.
Participants worship together, receive instruction, enjoy social time, build relationships, and return to their congregations with increased vocational awareness, musical skill, heightened commitment to music ministry, and an increased sense of purpose as lay ministers.
Upon completion of the two-year program, musicians receive the Presiding Bishop’s Certificate in Music Ministry.
Each year includes five weekend seminars. Each seminar runs from Friday evening to Saturday afternoon. Tuition includes courses, dinner Friday, and lunch Saturday. The cost of tuition does not include hotel accommodations, books, and materials. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Amerihost Inn for a special rate. Use code: Wartburg College LPM. You must attend all the courses both years to receive the certificate.
Scholarships of up to $150 per year are available. Awards are based on the size of your congregation. For more information, contact the Rev. Ramona Bouzard, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 319-352-8217.
You may choose to forego certification and take the course(s) of your choice at $150 each per year. Courses offered only one year cost $300 each.
LPM is dedicated to increasing the number of qualified church musicians, particularly in small congregations, through the following goals:
• Increase spiritual formation
• Build community
• Learn more about church music and liturgy
• Increase musical skills and confidence
• Stimulate imagination and creativity
• Experience multicultural diversity and variety of styles in church music
• Develop perspectives on integrating unfamiliar materials
• Explore the role of music in evangelism
• Explore how music transforms liturgy and life
• Create networks of assistance