District and Conference Training Opportunities

Lay Servant Ministries Training

Click here for information about the March 2-4, 2018 academy 
Questions about the academy?  Contact Beth Christian bethchristian@vaumc.org  (804) 347-5999

 Annual Lay Servant Academy
-- The Lay Servant Academy is about equipping Laity (those who are not clergy) to carry out the mission of the church. “The mission of the Virginia Annual Conference is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by equipping its local churches for ministry and by providing a connection for ministry beyond the local church; all to the glory of God.”
All of the courses are open to anyone who would like to take one. Each course is designed to help those serving the local church learn more about leadership, personal faith development, and a deeper understanding of the United Methodist Church. 
Lay Servant Ministries offers two avenues of recognition and training that go beyond the local church. Many of the courses offered this year will support those who are seeking to become Certified Lay Servants and Lay Speakers.  

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
"Preaching" led by the Rev. Jonathan Page of Fieldstone UMC
"UMC Heritage" led by Martha Stokes

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.

Arlington District
April 27-28 2918 {Must attend both days, for LSM credit}
Herndon UMC, 701 Bennett St, Herndon, VA  20170-3105
Time:  Friday 27 Sign in 6 pm Class starts at 6:30 pm-10 pm
Saturday: Class Starts at 8 am, Lunch 12-1 p.m., Event done at 5 p.m.
Times for sermon review will be scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
Must sign up and times will be e-mailed to you.  Cost is $25
Click here for details and registration (pdf)

Rappahannock River District
The Rappahannock River District will host a Lay Servant Training, May 4 and 5, 2018, at Warsaw UMC. The training will offer the Basic course taught by Debbie Dietrich, Preaching taught by  the Rev. Janine Howard, Prayer taught by the Rev. Kevin Elmore, and Aging in the 21st Century taught by Martha Stokes. For more information contact District Director Dottie Garrison at (703) 403-8953; Email: dottiegarrison@yahoo.com


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



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