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Certificate Programs

STOCS also offers two different certificate programs: The Certificate in Diaconal Studies and a Certificate in Lay Leadership.  The Certificate in Diaconal Studies is primarily targeted for those students who are studying for the Permanent Diaconate.  As stated above, the laity, in concert with the clergy and the episcopacy, holds a significant voice in most ICSM churches in the Americas. The certificate program in lay leadership is meant to provide foundational studies in non-profit finance, accounting, fund-raising, social justice and proper parliamentary procedure to guide the laity in practicing the Gospel in the world.