District and Conference Training Opportunities
On Demand Online Training
Lay Servant Ministries is offering a series of six On Demand Learning courses. You may attend the live events 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Virginia United Methodist Center in Glen Allen for free, or pay $30 to watch online from your own computer during a 90-day period to receive your certification. Click on the date to register online and pay by credit card.
2016 On Demand Training Events:
March 19 - "Laity Leading in Worship" led by the Rev. Nathan Decker
April 16 - "Leading Prayer" led by Norman Ramsey
April 30 - "United Methodist Church Polity" led by Teresa Keezel and Andrew Ware
July 9 - "Spiritual Gifts" led by MaryKaye Cochran
August 27 - "Preaching" led by Doug Forrester
September 24- "UMC Heritage" led by Martha Stokes
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 held in the spring and fall. You may want to check individual district websites and newsletters for course availability.
HARRISONBURG DISTRICT 2016 LAY SERVANTS TRAINING
- Saturday, April 9, at Woodstock United Methodist Church. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and 2 hours Nov. 13 at the District Conference. Cost is $15. Courses offered: Basic, Leading Worship and Polity
- Tuesday, May 3, May 10 and May 17 at Harrisonburg District office. Hours are: 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Cost is $15. Courses offered: Preaching.
- Saturday, Sept. 24, at Asbury United Methodist Church. Hours are: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and 2 hours Nov. 13 at the District Conference. Cost is $15. Courses offered: Basic, Leading Worship and Life in the Wesley Tradition.
To register, contact Dale Dodrill, District Director of Lay Servants, at (770)-402-0752 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or contact Brenda Woods, District Administrative Assistant, at (540) 433-2382 or email@example.com.
STAUNTON DISTRICT LAY SERVANT ACADEMY
Saturday, May 14, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. ~ Parrish Court UMC, 2343 South Carpenter Drive, Covington, VA. Registration and Fellowship at 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Classes are Basic, Go Preach, Leading Worship & Ministry with Boomers and Beyond. Cost is $20 and includes lunch. Contact Donna @ the Staunton District Office 540-932-1055 for registration.
BI-DISTRICT LAY SERVANT MINISTRY TRAINING (ALEXANDRIA AND ARLINGTON DISTRICTS)
Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4, Herndon UMC, 701 Bennett St, Herndon, VA 20171. Basic and Advanced Courses being offered. Click here for details (pdf).
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.