IRD Lay Servant Ministry

Lay Servant Ministry courses are open to ALL, whether or not an enrollee applies to serve as a Lay Servant.

Lay Servant Ministries help Christians to claim their spiritual gifts, talents and skills by offering empowering training. This training encourages them to find places to use their God given gifts in ministry while providing them a network of support.

The 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church established three categories within the Lay Servant Ministries program (effective January 1, 2017).

  • Certified Lay Servant who serves the local church or charge
  • Certified Lay Speaker who serves by preaching the Word when requested by the pastor, district superintendent, or committee on Lay Servant Ministries
  • Certified Lay Minister who serves as a part of a ministry team with supervision and support of a clergy person                                   

 For more information go to the Lay Servant Ministry main page - http://www.igrc.org/layservant_about

 

Basic Lay Servant Classes

 
Basic Class -

Thank you for your interest in the Basic Lay Servant Class. There is no class scheduled at this time. Please check back again.

 

Advanced Lay Servant Classes

Discover Your Spiritual Gifts

This course helps participants understand spiritual gifts and how the church can use them to fulfill its mission and ministry.  Participants will also learn what it means to be a spiritual leader and will be equipped to lead others in exploring and using their spiritual gifts.  Counts toward Lay Speaker Track.

REQUIRED TEXT: Each One A Minister by William J Carter (ISBN 978-0-88177-375-0). Individuals  are required to order, read, and complete exercises in this text prior to the class. Available through Cokesbury, Upper Room, or Amazon.  Also available as E-Pub (Upper Room), Kindle (Upper Room & Amazon). Please allow at least two weeks for delivery PLUS time to complete assignments prior to class.

DATE: Saturday, September 14, 2019.   8:00 AM-7:00 PM. Registration begins at 7:45 AM

 LOCATION: Champaign First UMC, 210 W Church St, Champaign, IL 61820

INSTRUCTOR: TBA

COST: $30.00 (includes lunch/snacks and certificate)

REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  Register on-line at - https://igrc-reg.brtapp.com/IRD2019FallLayServantAdvancedCourses

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 3, 2019

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Called to Preach!

This course is designed for those who have not completed formal preaching training, for pastors seeking a basic refresher course, and for others who are called upon to preach in a pastor’s absence.  Counts toward Lay Speaker Track.

REQUIRED TEXT: From Pew to Pulpit by Clifton F Guthrie (ISBN 978-0-68706-660-5).   Individuals should order and read this text prior to the class. Please bring a prepared 5 minute message to deliver with outline and a worship program/bulletin from your local church.   Text is available through Cokesbury (paperback or eBook) and Amazon (paperback or kindle).  Please allow at least two weeks for delivery PLUS time to complete assignments prior to class.

DATE: Saturday, September 14, 2019, 8:00 AM-7:00 PM.  Registration begins at 7:45 AM. 

LOCATION: Champaign First UMC, 210 W Church St, Champaign, IL 61820

INSTRUCTOR: Rev Bob Freeman

COST: $30.00 (includes lunch/snacks and certificate)

REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  .  Register on-line at - https://igrc-reg.brtapp.com/IRD2019FallLayServantAdvancedCourses

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 3, 2019

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