- In 1998, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Nebraska and the Nebraska Conference United Church of Christ jointly developed the Education for Lay Ministry program (ELM) through the work of Cotner College Educational Ministries, where it continues to be administered.
- In 2004, the Central and Homestead Presbyteries joined us in the ELM program. ELMprovides quality education for persons who seek to prepare for ministry within the congregations of the Disciple, UCC, Presbyterian, and ABC traditions. The program is a three-year course of study that can lead to licensed/certified ministry. Most of the ELM graduates are now serving as pastors of small congregations in Nebraska. Cotner continues it’s work to develop lay leadership.