District and Conference Training Opportunities

Lay Servant Ministries Training

2018 Lay Servant Academy, Aug. 17-19
4H Educational Conference Center – 775 Hermitage Rd., Wirtz, VA  

We are excited to be offering some new classes this year and fantastic worship as we fellowship, worship, pray, and learn and 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.
2018 Registration Form and Class Descriptions (pdf)
For more information contact David Bailey at (804) 338-3168

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
Click here to register for these events   
Questions? Contact David Bailey
dw.bailey@comcast.net (804) 338-316

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.   

Farmville District
Keysville UMC, 9290 Church St., Keysville, VA
  Sunday, Sept. 9 (2:30-6 p.m.)
Attached is a flyer describing the Basic Course and 2 Advanced courses with registration information. Contact Joan Tipson, email joanswack@gmail.com for more information. Cost of each class is $25 which includes the workbooks. 

Rappahannock River District
Regester Chapel UMC, 85 Bells Hill Rd, Stafford, VA 22554-5015
  Friday, Oct. 5 (6:30 pm - 10 pm) and Saturday, Oct. 6 (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) 
Classes include: Basic; Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts; Intentional Discipleship Making; Leading Worship
Click here to download a flyer to register (pdf). Questions?  Please contact Lay Servant Ministries, Director Dottie Garrison at (703) 403-8953 or dottiegarrison@yahoo.com or the Rappahannock River District Office at (804) 448-8326 or rrdistrict@vaumc.org.

Lynchburg District
Mt. View UMC, 1077 Viewpoint Ln, Forest, VA 
  Friday, Oct. 19 (6-9 p.m.) & Saturday, Oct. 20 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Click here to download detailed information and a registration form (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.



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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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