The purpose of Lay Servant Ministries is to enlist, train, guide and support lay servants as they equip and prepare others “for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ”  (Ephesians 4:12)

Lay Servant Ministries is deeply embedded in the history of United Methodism as John Wesley realized the laity could be effective leaders of meetings throughout the church. Roles included leadership in preaching and conducting worship but also leadership in leading studies, visiting the sick, and imprisoned. Lay Servants were encouraged to “watch over one another with love.” The three tenets of Lay Servant Ministries are LEADING, CARING, and COMMUNICATING in mission and ministry within and beyond the United Methodist Church.

October 19 & 20 at Sun Lakes UMC in Sun Lakes
Lay Pastoral Care Giving – this course offers insights into the life span and the dynamics of contemporary life to help church leaders reach out with God’s love and care to others.
Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (Polity) – 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..

Click here to register. Cost is $30 per participant. Participants are responsible for purchasing and reading the text in advance of the course.
Click here for Lay Servant Ministries Training in the Desert Southwest Conference

November 16 & 17 at Trinity UMC in Phoenix
Basic Course – Introduction to Lay Servant Ministries – an introductory course designed to equip new church leaders and renew current leaders in the UMC.
From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon –  this course also includes types of sermons – from exegetical to topical to children’s sermons – as well as how to find a story, use the hymnal, and how to move from communication on paper to beyond the paper.

Click here to register. Cost is $30 per participant. Participants are responsible for purchasing and reading the text in advance of the course.
Click here for Lay Servant Ministries Training in the Desert Southwest Conference

 

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