Institute of Ministerial Studies Program in Lay Ministries

Institute of Ministerial Studies Program in Lay Ministries

Denver Seminary’s Institute of Ministerial Studies Program in Lay Ministry is designed to help train, equip, and support adult men and women to serve more confidently in positions of leadership in their church, Christian organization, or place of work. The program is also designed to prepare and provide students with the skills and foundational knowledge to become successful graduate students at Denver Seminary.

The Program in Lay Ministry extends the educational resources of Denver Seminary into the communities and churches of students in an urban context through this lay ministry program. The program is transcripted by Colorado Christian University, which carries the accreditation for the program. This means, upon completion, graduates receive eighteen (18) college credits that is transferrable to Colorado Christian University, and can be applied to any undergraduate program. In addition, graduates can apply for entrance to Denver Seminary through its undergraduate exemption program for one of the certificate programs, professional MAs (excluding the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program), or Master of Divinity programs.

Completion of the Lay Ministry Program will provide leaders with:
  • A foundation on which to conduct proper biblical exegesis.
  • A biblical/theological framework on the essential
    doctrines of the Christian faith.
  • A theoretical framework and foundation in leadership
    and ministry issues from a biblical perspective.
  • Practical skills and tools to lead and manage increasingly complex ministries.
  • Preparation for Seminary level education.
  • Foundational essentials for ministry credentialing (licensure or ordination).

Faculty Highlight

Dr. Felix Gilbert, DMin joined the faculty of Denver Seminary in 2013 as director of the Urban Initiative and assistant professor of pastoral ministries. Dr. Gilbert received his DMin from Denver Seminary with an emphasis on leadership and preaching in 2017. He also holds a MDiv from Denver Seminary, and a BA from Colorado Christian University. Dr. Gilbert served the Ogilvie Institute for preaching at Fuller Seminary as a Micah Group Facilitator from 2010 to 2017. He also developed and implemented a lay training program to equip leaders for effectiveness in ministry. He also serves as the senior pastor of Restoration Christian Fellowship, a church he and his wife planted in 1999. He is also the founder of Restoration Christian Ministries, a community development corporation that serves the Aurora, Colorado community. He recently launched Restoration Christian Academy, a Christian school providing an alternative to secular education in the Aurora community.


Urban Initiatives Office


Program Recruiters
Nichelle West, Denver Campus


Iantha Brown, DC Campus

303.357.5881 Ext. 1601


Details & Information

Application Process 

  1. Fill out the application form
  2. Complete the reference form and send it to  (to fill out electronically, download the pdf and complete the fillable form; then send to the above email).
  3. Pay the $35 application processing fee. 
    If you would like to pay via credit card, click here. To pay via cash or check, please send payment to:

    Denver Seminary
    ATTN: Urban Initiatives
    6399 South Santa Fe Drive
    Littleton, CO 80120

Registration Information

  1. How to Register for classes. MyDenSem is the portal hub of your Denver Seminary Urban Initiative experience and the place where you will go to register for classes, check class schedules, pay bills, set up a payment plan, view degree audits, and find links to helpful student information. To Login: Go to and use your student number as your login ID.
  2. Registration Deadline. Students must register for all fall courses and weekend seminars by September 2, 2021 and all spring courses and weekend seminars by February 3, 2022.
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