The Parish Ministry Associate Program (PMAP) is an educational program sponsored and endorsed by the Central States Synod (CSS) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). This course of study was initiated in 1993.
The focus of the PMAP is to deepen the laity’s understanding of their faith so they can minister more effectively with the gifts God has given them. God continues to use the gifts of Parish Ministry Associates (PMAs) in many ways. PMAs share in making known God’s love and hope for the world through activities such as congregational leadership, youth and family ministry, Christian education, spiritual care, supply preaching, churchwide and synodical expressions of the church, and service in their vocational calling.
In support of the Parish Ministry Associate Program, Central States Bishop Gerald Mansholt writes: “Through the Parish Ministry Associate Program, the Central States Synod is providing a means for the growth and extension of the Church’s mission in the world. Major demographic shifts, as well as the challenges of a changing world, demand new models for ministries. We are blessed with many individuals with gifts and passions that can serve the Church well in making these new models alive and viable. Through PMAs, the Gospel of Jesus Christ continues to be proclaimed through traditional as well as new ministry models.”
Questions? Please call the synod office at 913.948.9701 or 866.915.3548 (toll-free)