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 -

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 through Cokesbury, Amazon (book or kindle), and Upper Room (book or ePub).

DATES:  March 9 & 16 2019, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.  Registration begins at 7:45 AM.  Both Saturdays are required.

LOCATION: Homer United Methodist Church, 301 S Main St, Homer 61849.

COST:  $30.00 (includes lunch/snacks both days)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Monday, March 4, 2019

INSTRUCTORS:  Multiple

REGISTRATION:  Advanced registration is required.  To register on-line go to: https://igrc-reg.brtapp.com/IRD2019SpringBasicLayServantCourse

CONTACT:  Teresa Pratt, IRD Lay Servant Ministries Director, teresa.pratt25@gmail.com

 

Advanced Lay Servant Classes

Public Prayer

For many people, prayer remains a mystery, and praying in public is a test of faith left to the “professionals” of the church.  But prayer is learned.  This course will help the participant grow in confidence and skill in prayer, both public and personal and enrich ones prayer life.

Counts towards the Certified Lay Speaker Tract.

Required Text:  Shaping the Prayers of the People:  The Art of Intercession. By Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher.  (ISBN 978-0-80287-097-1).  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

Date:  Saturday, March 9, 2019, 8 am – 7 pm.  Registration begins at 7:45 am

Location:  Homer United Methodist Church, 301 S Main St, Homer 61849

Cost:  $30.00 (includes lunch and snacks)

Registration Deadline:  Monday, March 4, 2019

Instructor:  Rev Teri Shane

Contact:  Teresa Pratt, IRD Lay Servant Ministries Director teresa.pratt25@gmail.com

Registration:  Advanced registration is required.  Register on-line at https://igrc-reg.brtapp.com/IRD2019SpringAdvancedLayServantClasses

 

 

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 Certified 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.

Date:  Saturday, March 16, 2019, 8 am – 7 pm.  Registration begins at 7:45 am

Location:  Homer United Methodist Church, 301 S Main St, Homer 61849

Cost:  $30.00 (includes lunch and snacks)

Registration Deadline:  Monday, March 4, 2019

Instructor:  Rev Bob Sabo

Contact:  Teresa Pratt, IRD Lay Servant Ministries Director teresa.pratt25@gmail.com

Registration:  Advanced registration is required.  Register on-line at https://igrc-reg.brtapp.com/IRD2019SpringAdvancedLayServantClasses