District and Conference Training Opportunities

Lay Servant Ministries Training

2019 Lay Servant Academy, Aug. 2-4, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland

Lay Servants are to serve the local church or charge in any way in which their witness or leadership and service inspires the laity to deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship.The Lay Servant Academy is designed for all laity, not just lay servants. Courses are designed to support those seeking to become Certified Lay Servants and Certified Lay Speakers.

Click here to download a brochure that includes a schedule, accommodations information, and course titles (pdf)
Click here to download a detailed description of available courses (pdf)
Click here to register online and pay by credit card

Available On Demand Training Events:

"Laity Leading in Worship" led by the Rev. Nathan Decker
"Leading Prayer" led by the Rev. Norman Ramsey
"United Methodist Church Polity" led by the Rev. Teresa Keezel and the Rev. Andrew Ware
"Spiritual Gifts" led by MaryKaye Cochran
"Preaching" led by the Rev. Jonathan Page
"UMC Heritage" led by Martha Stokes
Click here to register for these events   
Questions? Contact David Baileydw.bailey@comcast.net (804) 338-3168

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.   

Rappahannock River District, Sept. 20-21, 2019
Regester Chapel UMC, 85 Bells Hill Rd, Stafford, VA 
Please see the attached flyer for more information (pdf). Registration Deadline is Sept. 6.
If you have any questions, please contact the Rappahannock River Director of Lay Servant Ministries, Kevin Elmore,  at 804/580-1571 or KevinElmore@vaumc.org 


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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