Lay Servants are to serve the local church or charge in any way in which their witness or leadership and service inspires the laity to deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship. Classes are offered monthly in the East and West District of the Desert Southwest Conference. Click here for a complete schedule and to register.

Lay Servant Ministries is one of the most significant lay leadership development programs already available within the United Methodist connection. Through this system of equipping and empowering, lay servants have the opportunity to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ who then go and make other disciples. After taking the Introduction to Lay Ministry: The BASIC Course, there are a wide variety of Advanced courses for continues study and training.

This year the courses offered in the East/West District are:
Introduction to Lay Ministry: The BASIC Course
Click here for a complete schedule and to register.


  • Dancing with Words
  • Called to Preach
  • Come to the Table: Communion
  • Discover Your Spiritual Gifts
  • From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon
  • Lay Pastoral Care Giving
  • Lay Servants Lead in Conflict Resolution
  • Leading Bible Study
  • Leading in Prayer
  • Leading Worship
  • Life Together in the United Methodist Connection
  • Living Our United Methodist Beliefs
  • Planning Worship

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