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Lay Servant Training 08/2022 – Dove of the Desert UMC, Glendale, AZ

August 27 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm MST

Courses Offered
For the Common Good – Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts – This course offers a scriptural understanding of spiritual gifts as always given “for the common good.” By helping participants identify and link their gifts, abilities, and sense of calling, laity will learn the powerful connection between spiritual gifts and vocational discernment in the context of the mission of their local church. They will also learn how to make spiritual gifts discernment a part of their congregation’s culture and commitment to equip mission-focused leaders who make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Participants text: For the Common Good: Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts by Christine Harman

The course is scheduled for Saturdays, August 27 and September 3, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM at Dove of the Desert UMC, 7201 W Beardsley, Glendale, AZ 85308-5673. (you will need to commit to both sessions) (all times are Arizona time)

Participants are responsible for purchasing and reading the text in advance of the course. Participant textbooks are available from Cokesbury.com. You might also find Kindle and printed versions from Amazon.com. If you have any questions contact Betty Stewart, bettyboop491@cox.net.

Cost is $15 per participant.


Click here for Lay Servant Ministries Training in the Desert Southwest Conference


Jill Cristina-Krebs is currently the Lay Leader at Dove of the Desert United Methodist Church. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Jill grew up in the United Methodist Church being baptized, confirmed and participating in youth group activities. As she has lived in different parts of the country, she always found a United Methodist Church to keep her grounded. In 2010, opportunities for family and a career in Arizona materialized. Then Jill, her husband David and their blended family came to Dove of the Desert in 2013 and became members in 2014. Jill found a renewed calling to pursue Basic Lay Servant Classes, to serve the church and to build relationships that encourage others in their faith walk. At Dove UMC, Jill has served as the Chairperson for Dove’s Board of Church and Society, Lay Member to Annual Conference, supports SPRC, Finance and Church Council meetings and participates monthly as Liturgist. In the past, she has coordinated volunteers and chaperoned Dove’s Youth and Halos Choir activities and mission trips. Jill has a heart for social justice issues.

Jill attended Kent State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology and a Master of Education degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. Later while living and working in Florida she earned a Master of Science degree in Communication Science and Disorders from Florida State University and obtained her Certificate of Clinical Competence as a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP). Jill maintains her certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor and currently works as an SLP in the Arizona public school system providing speech and language therapy for students in Special Education.


August 27
9:00 am - 3:00 pm MST
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Betty Stewart


Dove of the Desert UMC
7201 W Beardsley Rd
Glendale, AZ 85308 United States
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