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Laity: District and Conference Training

2021 Lay Servant Academy

Come join us for Lay Servant Academy Online Training Day: We are excited to be hosting Summer Lay Servant courses which will take place on Saturday, August 21.

NEW THIS YEAR:  Both full-day and half-day course offerings! All courses are designed for equipping laity for the work and mission of each person’s calling. Instructors for each course include both clergy and laity who are ready to give practical and relevant resources that will be useful in various ministry areas. Lay Servant Academy is for all of the Virginia Conference Laity who feel called to ministry or who currently serve the church and would like to grow in their servant leadership.

Click here to view the course descriptions and other information (pdf)

Register at this link:

For more information or for questions, you may contact Tianna Durbin, Director of Lay Servant Academy

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
“UMC Heritage” led by Martha Stokes
Click here to register for these events   
Questions? Contact Richard Speirs at

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.   

___________________ hosts online courses which have been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as advanced courses in Lay Servant 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 website as well as studies through The Upper Room, courses from the YouthWorker Movement, and Safe Sanctuaries training.