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 30, 2019
  • Advanced Lay Servant: Lay Pastoral Caregiving (Cudahy)

    Sunday, June 30, 2019 01:00pm - 04:00pm

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

    June 23, 30, & July 7 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

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 cudahyumc@hotmail.com with name, email, phone, & church affiliation You do NOT have to be UM or a Lay Servant to attend.

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 cudahyumc@hotmail.com with name, email, phone, & church affiliation You do NOT have to be UM or a Lay Servant to attend.