District and Conference Training Opportunities

Lay Servant Ministries Training

Annual Lay Servant Academy -- 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.  Information about the next academy will be published as it becomes available.

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 of Fieldstone UMC
"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.

The Farmville District will be hosting a training event on September 3, 10, 24, 2017 for Lay Servants. Classes will run from 2:30-6 p.m. at Keysville United Methodist Church, 9290 Church St., Keysville, VA 23947. You must attend each night to complete a class. The Basic Course and two Advanced Courses will be taught. Click here to view a flyer that has registration information (pdf). Contact Joan Tipton, Farmville District Lay Servant Ministries Chairperson, 434-736-9548 or email: joanswack@gmail.com for more information.

The Rappahannock River District will offer Lay Servant training on September 15 - 16, 2017.  Classes will include Basic, Polity in the UMC, Interpretive Bible Reading, and United Methodist Heritage. The training will be held at Regester Chapel UMC, 85 Bells Hill Rd, Stafford, VA.  The schedule will be Friday 6:30 pm-10 pm and Saturday 8 am-4:30pm.  
Please see attached flyer (pdf) or view on the website.
Please contact the district Director of Lay Servant Ministries, Greg Sokolowski, with any questions.  Greg can be reached at 121falcon@msn.com or 540.525.0891.


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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