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.

September 14, 2019
  • Basic Lay Servant Ministry Course (Phillips)

    Saturday, September 14, 2019 09:00am - 03:00pm

    Location: Phillips UMC 115 Center Ave. Phillips, WI 54555-1210

    Saturdays, September 14 & 21 Leader: Pastor Rick Haberland Registration Deadline: September 13, 2019 To register or for more information: email or by phone (920)255-6175 Please bring a sack lunch, or there is a Subway ...

  • Lay Servant Certification Course (Pewaukee)

    Saturday, September 14, 2019 10:00am - 03:00pm

    Location: Gethsemane United Methodist Church, 642 Main Street, Pewaukee, Wisconsin 53072

    Join us for a new class that is a combinationin person/on line course that will complete the introductory course and the preaching course for lay servants.  If you are no longer certified ...

September 15, 2019
  • Advanced Lay Servant: Exploring Your Spiritual Gifts (Cudahy)

    Sunday, September 15, 2019 01:00pm - 04:00pm

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

    September 15, 22, & 29 Cost: $20, includes book and materials. Contact with name, email, phone, & church affiliation You do NOT have to be UM or a Lay Servant to attend.

September 20, 2019
  • Basic Lay Servant Ministry Course (Wausau)

    Friday, September 20, 2019 - Saturday, September 21, 2019

    Location: Wausau: Wesley UMC, 110 Elm St., Wausau, WI

    Times: Friday 6-9 pm and Saturday 9am-5pm. Leaders: Pastors Rev. Ethan Lowell Larson and Pastor Laverne Larson For more information, or to register for the class, call or text 715-409-0124 or email The Basic ...

September 21, 2019
  • Advanced Lay Servant: Preparing to Preach (Waupaca)

    Saturday, September 21, 2019 09:00am - 03:00pm

    Location: Parfreyville UMC N1979 County Rd K, Waupaca, WI 54981

    Saturday, September 21 AND Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Leader:  Rev. Amy Powell Class Book: Each person will need to purchase a book on-line.  The class book is “From Pew to Pulpit: ...

September 27, 2019
  • Lay Servant Training Weekend (Pine Lake)

    Friday, September 27, 2019 - Saturday, September 28, 2019

    Location: Pine Lake Camp: W8301 County Road M, Westfield, WI

    Participants may choose from ONE of the following classes. Please indicate your selection when registering: Leading Prayer – InWha Shon Leading Worship – Cathy Christman and Deb Verdegan Spiritual Gifts – Roxi Gnatzig and Pat ...

October 05, 2019
  • Advanced Lay Servant: United Methodist Heritage (Sheboygan Falls)

    Saturday, October 05, 2019 09:30am - 02:30pm

    Location: Faith United Methodist Church, 633 Detroit St, Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085

    October 5 & October 12 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. This class is an overview of the life and ministry of John Wesley and provides an awareness of the place of doctrine ...

  • Advanced Lay Servant: UMC Polity (Dodgeville)

    Saturday, October 05, 2019 09:30am - 03:30pm

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

    October 5 & October 12 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Instructor: Rev. Jim Droste Cost per Person: $10.00 Materials: Purchase The Method of our Mission by Laceye C. Warner and read by the first ...

October 20, 2019
  • 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 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 ...