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, April 29 – 5 to 9pm and Saturday, April 30 – 8am to 5pm

  LOCATION: Champaign New Horizon UMC, 3002 W Bloomington Rd, Champaign 61822

  COST:  $30.00 (bring your own lunch; drinks and snacks will be provided)

  REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Monday, April 18, 2022

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Advanced Lay Servant Classes

 

The district will be offering 2 Advanced courses – “Leading Public Prayer" and "Spiritual Gifts".  

  DATES: Friday, April 29 – 5 to 8pm and Saturday, April 30 – 9am to 5pm

  LOCATION: Champaign New Horizon UMC, 3002 W Bloomington Rd, Champaign 61822

  COST:  $30.00 (bring your own lunch; drinks and snacks will be provided)

  INSTRUCTORS:  Leading Public Prayer - Rev James Fielder; Spiritual Gifts - Rev Jill Bunker

  REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Monday, April 18, 2022

  Course Descriptions                               To Register