Lay Servants serve the local church or charge in any way in which their witness, leadership, or service inspire other laity and clergy partners to a deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship. There are a broad range of mission and ministry opportunities for laypeople in the UMC. The Fall Lay Servant Training 2018 will be held at Camp Widewater on Friday, November 2 & Saturday, November 3. The classes being offered this Fall are listed below, please click on the class name to register online for each class:
- Basic Lay Servant Course | Led by: Rev. Mary Kay and Deb Dickerson
There are a broad range of mission and ministry opportunities for laypeople in the UMC. The Basic Course lays the framework for understanding the UMC approach to leadership in mission and ministry. This course will equip participants to better lead and serve with others, not only in the church but also in the community and throughout the world.
- Go Preach! | Led by: District Superintendent, Scot Ocke
This course provides instruction in sermon development and presentation. It is designed for those who have not completed formal preaching training, for pastors seeking a basic refresher course, and for others who are called upon to preach in a pastor’s absence. The participants from this course will meet again on Saturday, November 17 at 9am in the District Office to share a sermon they have written. The length of the day will depend on the number of participants.
- Biblical Interpretation (Leading Bible Study) | Led by: Licensed Local Pastor, Grace Brooks
Today, Lay Servants are blessed with the opportunity to lead effective Bible studies in our United Methodist Churches. This class focuses on teaching the living Word in a powerful way through interpretation, history, context, setting and Biblical tools. You will be equipped with practical techniques that you can use as a foundation to grow your ministry.
- Living Our Beliefs | Led by: Rev. Russ Tichenor
This course will explore the special gifts of theology, witness, and organization that The United Methodist Church brings to the church universal, how we got where we are today, and how our distinctive emphases are still needed in the 21st-century church.
You are welcome to stay overnight at Camp Widewater for $90 or commute for $55. Cost includes: class sessions, meals, and lodging (if applicable). Click here to download the flyer to post at your church and/or to mail-in your registration.