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.

October 20, 2019
  • Advanced Lay Servant: Living Our Beliefs - The United Methodist Way (Argyle)

    Sunday, October 20, 2019 01:00pm - 03:30pm

    Location: Pecatonica Charge Parsonage: 213 North State Street, Argyle, Wisconsin 53504

    Dates: Oct. 20, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, and Nov. 10 Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Teacher/Facilitator: Reverend Paul E. Gregersen, Pastor Course Description: Explore a basic explanation of the beliefs and practices of the ...

  • Advanced Lay Servant: Embracing Interfaith Cooperation (Cudahy)

    Sunday, October 20, 2019 01:00pm - 04:00pm

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

    October 20, 27, & November 3 Cost: $20, includes book and materials. Contact cudahyumc@hotmail.com with name, email, phone, & church affiliation You do NOT have to be UM or a Lay Servant to attend.

October 26, 2019
  • Basic & Advanced Lay Servant Classes (De Soto)

    Saturday, October 26, 2019 09:00am - 03:00pm

    Location: New Hope UMC, E2290 State Highway 82, De Soto, WI 54624

    Saturdays, October 26 and November 2 Students may choose one of the following: Basic Lay Servant Ministry Led by Pastor Pam Harkema, Driftless Regional Ministry (Liberty Pole, New Hope, and Retreat) A foundation for all courses ...

November 02, 2019
  • Basic & Advanced Lay Servant Classes (Appleton)

    Saturday, November 02, 2019 09:00am - 03:00pm

    Location: Appleton First UMC, 325 East Franklin Street, Appleton, WI

    FALL 2019 Lay Servant Ministry Classes November 2 and 9, 2019, 9am-3pm Are you a Lay Servant, Certified Lay Servant, or Certified Lay Speaker? Are you interested in developing your spiritual gifts? The Northeast ...