Upcoming Trainings

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 2020 Lay Servant Ministries catalog for a full explanation of the lay servant program and information about certification requirements.

Upcoming Trainings

Saturday, January 30, 2021 and February 6, 2021

 9:00 am – 2:00pm

On-Line Video Conferencing via Zoom

Leader:  Rev. Amy Powell

Class Book: Each person will need to purchase their own book prior to the start of class.  The class book is Lay Servant Ministries: Basic Course Participant’s Book by Sandy Jackson.  It can be ordered at cokesbury.com or amazon.com.

Technology:  Each participant will need good internet access and access to a computer equipped with web camera and microphone sound.  There is no need to purchase a Zoom subscription.  A class link will be sent to you via email prior to class.

Deadline to register is: January 24, 2020.  To register or to contact with questions, email powellmama@gmail.com, or call 608-220-5873.  Register early as class size is limited.

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.