SELINSGROVE - Completing a course of study spanning nearly two years, members of area Lutheran churches will be inducted this week as authorized lay leaders during the annual assembly of the Upper Susquehanna Synod of the Lutheran Church in America at Susquehanna University.

The candidates attended their last of 21 sessions Saturday in the course conducted and sponsored by the synod's Lay Ministry Institute (LMI). They will be recommended for induction as authorized lay worship leaders or authorized lay evangelists by the Rev. Melody Sell, dean and course coordinator, and the Rev. Wayne Muthler, chairman of the LMI Board of Directors.