District and Conference Training Opportunities

Conference Training Event
2016 Lay Servant Academy, Feb. 26-28
Blackstone Conference and Reteat Center

The Lay Servant Academy is about equipping Laity (those who are not clergy) to carry out the mission of the church. “The mission of the Virginia Annual Conference is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by equipping its local churches for ministry and by providing a connection for ministry beyond the local church; all to the glory of God.”All of the courses are open to anyone who would like to take one. Each course is designed to help those serving the local church learn more about leadership, personal faith development, and a deeper understanding of the United Methodist church. 
Lay Servant Ministries offers two avenues of recognition and training that go beyond the local church. Many of the courses offered this year will support those who are seeking to become Certified Lay Servants and Lay Speakers. 
Registration Contact: Cyndi Vanzant CyndiVanzant@vumac.org (434)292-5308
Other Questions: Beth Christian bethchristian@vaumc.org (804) 347-5999
For more information about Lay Servant Ministries in general please contact your district lay servant director at http://www.vaumc.org/Page.aspx?pid=807 
Click here to register online and pay by credit card. You will need to enter the courses you wish to take. Course listing is available in the pdf below.
Click here to download detailed information about the Lay Servant Academy. It also contains courses and a mail-in registration form if you wish to pay by check (pdf).

Online Training Events for Lay Servant Ministries
March 19, 2016: You may attend the live event at the Virginia United Methodist Center in Glen Allen, a streamed event at Blackstone Conference and Retreat Center, or watch online from your own computer. This class is "Laity Lead in Worship" and will be led by the Rev. Nathan Decker. Leading Worship will focus on basic worship leadership skills for lay persons (“liturgists” or “lay readers”) who assist the pastor in leading Christian worship. If you currently help lead worship in your congregation or would like to prepare for such leadership, this course is for you. Particular emphasis will be given to basic skills: understanding your leadership role in relation to other leaders and the congregation, reading Scripture, leading prayer, distribution of the elements at the Lord’s Supper, and basic do’s and don’ts of effective worship leadership.   The time is 9:30 till 2:00.  Please arrive early, the class is being streamed live.  It is strongly recommended that you read the text before the class session.  Worshiping with United Methodists (REVISED) Hoyt Hickman AB526 • 978-0-6873-3526-8 . Click here to register online and pay by credit card.

District Training Events
Information is posted about Lay Servant Ministries training opportunities on the district level as it is received.  Individuals can participate in learning opportunities on any district. Most courses are generally held in the spring and fall.  You may want to check individual district websites and newsletters for course availability.

No events scheduled at this time.


BeADisciple.com hosts online courses which have been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as advanced courses in Lay Servant Ministries.BeADisciple.com is one of several programs of the Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College, a United Methodist institution in Winfield, Kansas. Several of the courses also offer 1 CEU for clergy and other staff.  You can find upcoming LSM courses on the www.beadisciple.com website as well as studies through The Upper Room, courses from the YouthWorker Movement, and Safe Sanctuaries training.



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The Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church
10330 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
P.O. Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5606
1-800-768-6040 or (804) 521-1100
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