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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 Courses Offered at Spirit of Hope UMC, 14403 N 75th Ave, Peoria
Leading Worship – focuses on ministry of Lay Servants who either regularly or occasionally lead a group, class, organization or the congregation in worship.
You Can Preach! – offers practical tips for persons who are called on to preach occasionally with just enough theory to support practice.

Click here to register. Cost is $30 per participant. Participants are responsible for purchasing and reading the text in advance of the course.

November Courses Offered at Chandler UMC, 450 E Chandler Heights Rd, Chandler
Basic Course – Introduction to Lay Servant Ministries – an introductory course designed to equip new church leaders and renew current leaders in the UMC.
Justice in Everyday Life – this course looks at the Social Principles of The United Methodist 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 2017 Lay Servant Ministries Training in the Desert Southwest Conference

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