Central East District - Desert Southwest Conference 


Friday October 14, 2016 at 5:30 PM MST
Saturday October 15, 2016 at 5:00 PM MST

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St. Matthew UMC 
2540 W. Baseline Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85202

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Carla Whitmire 
District Administrative Assistant
Desert Southwest Conference 


2016 October Central East District Lay Servant Trainings 
October 14-15, 2016
Friday evening and all day Saturday

Have you heard the call from God to develop your teaching and leadership skills in your local church?  Lay Servant Ministries courses may be a way for you to prepare yourself for the many missions and ministries that you may be called to, or improve your teaching and leadership skills, address your devotional life, help you discern your own spiritual gifts, or hone your Christian based skills to lead small groups. In addition, certain Lay Servant Ministries courses can be used to provide the necessary requirements to qualify as a Certified Lay Speaker.

Courses Offered  (Participants are required to order and read class material prior to class.)
Accountable Discipleship - Click Here to Order Class Material
Delivering Effective Sermons - Click Here to Order Class Material

Participants are required to order and read class material prior to class.

Anyone interested in beginning the Lay Servant Ministries program is asked to obtain an endorsement from their Pastor or church’s Administrative Board. The Basic Course is required before taking any advanced courses and will be offered throughout 2016 in the Central East and Central West District as follows:

November 19    Shepherd of the Hills UMC, Sun City West

Those who have taken the Basic Course may select from any offered advanced course to meet their church and personal leadership and learning needs. An advanced course must be taken at least once every three years to maintain certification as a local or certified Lay Servant.

Those who are interested in becoming Certified Lay Speakers must take required courses and complete an application.  Information on the Certified Lay Speaker program can be found at http://www.umcdiscipleship.org/leadership-resources/ministry-of-the-laity under Ministries of the Laity. 

Individual course announcements will be published and will include information on the required text book, specific location, payment, and schedule.  These will be published on the Desert Southwest Conference Website www.dscumc.org/lay-servant-ministries

If you have questions, please direct them to John and Susan Bowers, Central East District Directors of Lay Servant Ministries at jandsbowers@yahoo.com or 480-471-6567(h) or 317-730- 0162 (c)

All sessions begin on Friday evening at 5:30 PM with an included dinner meal, adjourning at 8:30 PM and beginning again on Saturday at 8:00 AM with a light continental breakfast and lunch included and will adjourn at 5:00 PM.  The courses are taught by laity and clergy.  Fees for all sessions are $30 and include all three meals. 

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