Training & Events

Lay Servant Training

Join us for District-based Lay Training opportunities throughout the Conference. We offer Basic and Advanced Courses, as well as ongoing training for Lay Leaders and Lay Servant Ministers in a variety of locations across the state.

Download the 2019 Lay Servant Ministries catalog for a full explanation of the lay servant program and information about certification requirements.

Basic Courses

Basic courses include an introduction to the lay servant ministries in the areas of speaking, caring and leading, with an emphasis on preaching and worship preparation. Those completing this course will become Basic Lay Speakers.

Advanced Courses

Advanced Courses are for those who have successfully completed a Basic Course. Participants will obtain more training in the area of your strongest gift. You can take an Advanced Course as often as you wish.

Upon successful completion of an Advanced Course, you can be certified as a Lay Servant. This means that a pastor may call upon you to assist in one or more of the areas of leadership, caring ministry, or lay speaking in other congregations, as well as your own. To maintain certification as a Lay Servant, you must continue to be an active member of the United Methodist Church and take an Advanced Course at least once every three years.

April 27, 2019
  • Basic Lay Servant Ministry Course (Dodgeville)

    Saturday, April 27, 2019 09:30am - 03:30pm

    Location: Dodgeville United Methodist Church: 327 N Iowa St, Dodgeville WI

    This class is the required first step for becoming a Lay Servant or Lay Speaker in the United Methodist Church, and is a prerequisite for the Advanced Lay Servant courses. Participants are ...

May 19, 2019
  • Basic Lay Servant Ministry Course (Cudahy)

    Sunday, May 19, 2019 01:00pm - 04:00pm

    Location: Cudahy UMC: 5865 S Lake Dr., Cudahy, WI 53110

    When: May 19, 26, & June 2, 2019 from 1:00 - 4:00pm. Where: Cudahy UMC: 5865 S Lake Dr., Cudahy, WI 53110 Registration: Register at cudahyumc@hotmail.com with name, church affiliation, email and phone number. Cost: ...