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.

February 28, 2020
  • Advanced Lay Servant: Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (Wausau)

    Friday, February 28, 2020 - Saturday, February 29, 2020

    Location: Wesley UMC: 1101 Elm Street, Wausau, WI 54401

    Friday, February 28, 2020 at 5:00pm Saturday, February 29, 2020  from 9:00am – 5:00pm This class is an overview of the life and ministry of John Wesley. Participants will gain an awareness of the place ...

March 01, 2020
March 07, 2020
  • Lay Servant School

    Saturday, March 07, 2020 09:00am - 03:00pm

    Location: Hudson UMC: 1401 Laurel Ave. Hudson WI. 54016

    Circuit NW10 is hosting a Basic Lay Servant Class and several Advanced Classes. View flyer Registration deadline: March 4, 2020 For more information or to register, contact, or call 715.386.3921 These classes are open to ...

April 19, 2020
May 17, 2020
  • Basic Lay Servant Class (Cudahy)

    Sunday, May 17, 2020 01:00pm - 04:00pm

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

    Dates: May 17, 24, & 31 Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM Fee: $15 To register, contact