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

This course is foundational for all courses in lay servant ministries.  Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in discipleship. 

REQUIRED TEXTLay Servant Ministries: Basic Course Participant’s Book by Sandy Jackson (ISBN 978-0-88177-626-3).  Individuals are expected to read and complete this text prior to the first class.  Available from Cokesbury, Amazon (book or kindle), and the Upper Room Bookstore (book or ePub).

DATES: Friday, Oct 8, 2021 and Saturday, Oct 9, 2021

TIME: Friday - 6-9pm (registration begins at 5:30pm), Saturday - 8am - 7pm

LOCATION: Arthur United Methodist Church, 128 E Illinois St, Arthur 61911

COST:  $40.00 (with Saturday lunch for donation; snacks provided)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Monday, Sept 20, 2021

INSTRUCTORS:  Multiple

REGISTRATION:  Advanced registration is required.

CONTACT:  Susan Connor, IRD Lay Servant Ministries Director, call or text to 217-259-1649

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Advanced Lay Servant Classes

 
Leading Worship

This course explains the basic pattern of United Methodist worship within the broader context of Christian worship.  It covers the formative nature of worship and provides practical suggestions for how to renew and revitalize worship.  Instruction in multiple resources for planning and leading worship included to lead congregations into a deeper and richer experience of God.

Counts towards the Lay Speaker Tract.

Required Text:  Worshiping with United Methodists (REVISED) by Hoyt Hickman.  (ISBN 978-06873-3526-8).  Participants are expected to read and complete the text prior to class.  The instructor will notify the participants of any additional assignments.  Available through Amazon (paperback & kindle), the Upper Room Bookstore, and Cokesbury.

DATES: Friday, Oct 8, 2021 and Saturday, Oct 9, 2021

TIME: Friday - 6-9pm (registration begins at 5:30pm), Saturday - 8am - 7pm

LOCATION: Arthur United Methodist Church, 128 E Illinois St, Arthur 61911

COST:  $40.00 (with Saturday lunch for donation; snacks provided)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Monday, Sept 20, 2021

INSTRUCTOR:  Rev Bob Sabo

REGISTRATION:  Advanced registration is required.

CONTACT:  Susan Connor, IRD Lay Servant Ministries Director, call or text to 217-259-1649

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Registration