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.

June 13, 2020
  • Advanced Lay Servant Ministry Class: Spiritual Gifts

    Saturday, June 13, 2020 08:00am - 02:00pm

    Location: On-line video conferencing via Zoom

    Saturday, June 13 and June 20th, 2020 9:00 am – 2:00pm On-Line Video Conferencing via Zoom Leader: Rev. Amy Powell Class Book: Each person will need to purchase a book on-line prior to the start of ...