My church offers training for those who are doing lay ministry. It is a two year program that consists of reading books including the entire Bible, memorizing Scripture, writing papers, and listening to lectures. I started going through the training a couple of months and I have been enjoying it so far. The books that I have to read deal with such topics as Christian living, hermeneutics, and systematic theology. I finished reading J.C. Ryle's book, Practical Religion, and now I'm reading, The Treasure Principle, by Randy Alcorn. Just out of curiosity, do you have this type of training at your church?