“To be disciples of Jesus Christ who are lifelong learners who influence others to serve.”
 -Bishop Sharma Lewis

2018 Lay Servant Academy
March 2-4, 2018
4H Educational Conference Center – 775 Hermitage Rd., Wirtz, VA
http://retreatatsmithmountainlake.com/
We are excited to be offering some new classes this year and fantastic worship
as we fellowship, worship, pray, and Learn & Love like Jesus!

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.

Our courses are designed to support those seeking to become Certified Lay Servants and Certified Lay Speakers.
Encourage your friends and church leadership to come and learn!

Click here to register online and pay by credit card or complete the form below.

Questions ? : Beth Christian bethchristian@vaumc.org  (804) 347-5999

Full Academy Registration Fee: $185 if registered by Feb.1st       $200 after Feb.1st
Commuter Rate (no lodging):  $90 includes 4 meals (no breakfasts)
Private Room Surcharge:  $20 (private rooms may have shared hall baths)
Full Academy includes lodging for 2 nights and all meals (Dinner Fri. through Lunch Sun.)

Enter Course Number Choice _______
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Phone Numbers: __________________________________________________________
Address: _________________________________________________________________
Church and District: ________________________________________________________
Email: ___________________________________________________________________
Emergency Contact Name and Phone: _________________________________________

Special dietary or rooming needs: _____________________________________________
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Check here if you request a private room for the additional fee: _____

Make checks payable to: Virginia Conference UMC   
Mail completed form and payment to:       
VAUMC P.O. Box 5606 Glen Allen, VA 23228    Attn: Cindy Ingroff

A few important notes:

Required Text Books must be purchased in advance and brought with student.
Classes require a minimum of 6 participants – hopefully we will not cancel any!
You will receive a notice when the class has enough students and it is time to purchase your book.
Books are available through Amazon and Cokesbury

Registration deadline is February 20th, 2018
Registrations may be cancelled prior to February 19th without penalty.
Inclement weather refunds will be negotiated with the facility by the LSA director.


Due to prior expenses incurred when people didn’t show up, or cancelled at the
last minute, we will not be able to accept registrations or payment at the door.

Register Early to get the class you want! We will close classes as they fill up.
There is a limited number of private rooms available. First come first serve.

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

Course 1:  Lay Servants as Christian Transformational Leaders  Instructor: Rev. Marc Brown

Required Participant’s Book: Lay Servants as Christian Transformational Leaders by Brown, Merry, Briggs
* Fills requirement for certified lay servant and recertification of lay servant.
* Fills requirement for lay speaker and recertification of lay speaker.

Building on the congregational strategic planning resource, "Does Your Church Have a Prayer?" this class will guide Lay Servants seeking to be more empowered to lead their congregations toward vitality.  Written with two distinct purposes, Lay Servants as Christian Transformational Leaders will first define the three disciplines of Christian transformational leadership and the four qualities of Christian transformational leaders.


Course 2:  Preaching from Your Heart to Theirs  Instructors:  Rev. Jennifer Vestal Moore, Rev. Jeff Roberts

Required Participant’s Book: Go Preach! By John P. Gilbert
* Fills requirement for certified lay servant and recertification of lay servant.
* Fills requirement for lay speaker and recertification of lay speaker.

Practical tools for effective preaching are offered in this class designed for those who fill in for the pastor from time to time. These tools will also help those who teach in the church classroom as well as those who serve in leadership. Topics covered include: types of sermons, using the hymnal for story, children’s message, written word resources, beyond the paper, clear communication and presentation.


Course 3:  Polity of the United Methodist Church  Instructor: Andrew Ware

Required Participant’s Book: Book of Discipline 2016
* Fills requirement for certified lay servant and recertification of lay servant.
* Fills requirement for lay speaker and recertification of lay speaker.

Discover the ins-and-outs of the method of Methodism. 1) To enhance familiarity and facility in usage of The Book of Discipline of the UMC; 2) To gain a working knowledge and understanding of the polity of the UMC in its various forms as practiced in the life of congregations, conferences, and the connection; 3) To explore the theology, history, disciplines, and social principles of United Methodism in relation to the ministry and mission of the church in the world.

Course 4:  Music in Worship and Ministry Instructors: Rev. Norman Ramsey and Tianna Durbin

Required Participant’s Book: The Worship Workshop: Creative Ways to Design Worship Together by Marcia McFee
* Fills requirement for certified lay servant and recertification of lay servant.
* Fills requirement for lay speaker and recertification of lay speaker.

Music can be used in so many ways: worship, witness, evangelism, healing, celebrating, and as a spiritual discipline. Whether you sing, play an instrument, simply listen, or make a joyful noise; we can all benefit from music. Learn and share with each other how music of any kind can impact church ministry.

Course 5:  Pastoral Care Giving      Instructor: Rev. Nathan Decker

Required Participant’s Book: Lay Pastoral Care Giving by Farabaugh
* Fills requirement for certified lay servant and recertification of lay servant.
* Fills requirement for recertification of lay speaker.

This course offers insights into the life span and the dynamics of contemporary life to help church leaders reach out with God’s love and care to others.


Course 6:  The Bible for Lay Ministers           Instructor: Rev. Dr. Mike Browder

Required Participant’s Books: Bring your own Bible
* Fills requirement for certified lay servant and recertification of lay servant.
* Fills requirement for lay speaker and recertification of lay speaker.

The heart of this course will be an overview of each book in the Bible with an eye toward what it means for lay speaking. Too often we reuse familiar parts of the scriptures and we overlook the rich materials that are found in the less familiar places. You will learn how to consider verses within the context of a book and each book within the context of the Bible as a whole.

Course 7: Discover Your Spiritual Gifts        Instructor: Rev. Kevin Haynes

Required Participant’s Book: Each One a Minister by William Carter
* Fills requirement for certified lay servant and recertification of lay servant.
* Fills requirement for lay speaker and recertification of lay speaker.

This course helps participants understand spiritual gifts and how the church can use them to fulfill its mission and ministry. Participants will also learn what it means to be a spiritual leader and will be equipped to lead others in exploring and using their spiritual gifts.


Schedule
Friday      
4:00 pm  Registration Open    Welcome Center
5:45-6:30 pm  Dinner buffet is open    Dining Hall 
6:30   Welcome, Introductions, Announcements Dining Hall  
7:00-8:15 pm  Learning Session 1    Classrooms  
8:30 pm  Worship     Worship Space
  

Saturday
8:30 am  Registration Open    Welcome Center
7:30-8:30 am  Breakfast buffet is open    Dining Hall
9:00-12 noon  Learning Session 2    Classrooms
12:15-1:00 pm  Lunch buffet is open    Dining Hall
1:00-2:45 pm  Break (take a nap, roam around, golf cart tours, go fishing)
3:00-5:30 pm  Learning Session 3    Classrooms
5:45-6:30 pm  Dinner buffet is open    Dining Hall
7:00-8:15 pm  Learning Session 4    Classrooms
8:30 pm  Worship     Worship Space


Sunday
7:30-8:30 am  Breakfast buffet is open and Pack Up Time Dining Hall
9:00-11:00 am  Learning Session 5 (certificates distributed) Classrooms
11:15 am  Worship and Commissioning   Worship Space
12:15-1:00 pm  Lunch buffet is open    Dining Hall
1:00 pm  Good Bye


 
One More Thing!
There is always confusion about
Certification of Lay Servants and Lay Speakers
David Bailey, Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries will be on hand to answer specific questions. But here is a brief overview of the process:

To become a Certified Lay Servant, you must:
1) Obtain recommendation from the pastor and church council.
2) Complete the Basic course.
3) Complete One Advanced Course. (listed below under Lay Speaker)
4) Have qualifications reviewed by your District Committee on Lay Servant Ministries.

To become a Certified Lay Speaker, you must:
1) Be certified as a Lay Servant.
2) Obtain a recommendation from the pastor and church council.
3) Complete the following track of study (in no particular order):
 * Leading Worship
 * Leading Prayer
 * Discovering Spiritual Gifts
 * Preaching
 * UM Heritage
 * UM Polity
4) Interview with and obtain recommendation from the District Committee on Lay Servant Ministries.

Note: To maintain certifications you must:
1) Submit an annual report to the charge conference and the District Committee on Lay Servant Ministries.  (This is normally done all in one step at the local church charge conference.)
2) Complete a lay servant ministries advanced course every 3 years.
3) Obtain recommendation from the District Committee every 3 years.

The classes offered this weekend are only one step in the process!

 

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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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