Lay Servant Ministries

Online Course Schedule for 2024

Online courses are educational opportunities for lay servants to engage in learning opportunities in a virtual environment. The courses are delivered over the Internet using Google Classroom as the software platform which means that the classes are completely online. Participants are expected to meet one time in ZOOM for an orientation to the course and navigation system. After the orientation, you complete the course from your home, work, or at a time that is most convenient for you within a limited time frame. Online courses are 5 weeks in length, and the time for completing assignments will vary based on individual preparation, involvement and participation. All online courses are open to your schedule with 24/7 access. Participants must purchase the books for all classes. Books may be purchased from Cokesbury, Amazon, Upper Room Books or any other reputable dealer. All of the online courses are Advanced LSM classes and have a prerequisite of completion of the Basic Lay Servant Ministries course.

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United Methodist Polity: February 5- March 11. Last day to register is February 5.
The course focuses on the organization and governance of the UMC.
Text: 2016 Book of Discipline which can be downloaded for free from https://www.ctcumc.org/files/fileshare/2016-book-of-discipline.pdf Supplemental text: The Method of Our Mission by Laceye C. Warner

United Methodist Heritage: March 4-April 8. Last day to register is March 4.
This course is designed to enable participants to explore the meaning of Methodism, analyze Wesleyan theology and its practical structure and disciplines for Methodists.
Text: Living our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Kenneth L. Carder

Shaping the Prayers of the People: April 8 – May 15. Last day to register is April 8.
This class is designed to encourage and help participants craft prayers of intercession.
Text: Shaping the Prayers of the People: The Art of Intercession by Samuel Wells and Abigail Kacher

See All the People: May 6 – June 10. Last day to register is May 6.
This course is a practical guide for congregations who find themselves stuck researching community demographics, pouring over worship attendance metrics, and fixing their aging structures, yet lack a system for creating relationships with those who surround their church.
Text: Developing an Intentional Discipleship System: A Guide for Congregations by Junius Dodson. Free PDF download available.  Paperback version of the book can be purchased from the same page.

Spiritual Gifts: June 24 – July 29. Last day to register is June 24.
This course is designed to help participants identify their spiritual gifts and examine spiritually how they can use their gifts to serve others.
Text: For the Common Good: Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts by Christine Harman

Lay Servants as Christian Transformational Leaders: July 29 – September 9. Last day to register is July 29.
This purpose of this course is to help participants examine the mission of the United Methodist Church, which is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Text: Lay Servants as Christian Transformational Leaders by Marc Brown, Kathy Merry, and John Briggs

Afire with God: September 11 – October 14. Last day to register is September 11.
This course focuses on the need for congregations to become stewards-in-action of all God has entrusted to them.
Text: Afire with God by Betsy Schwarzentraub

Evangelism: October 14 – November 18. Last day to register is October 14.
The focus of this course is to examine the challenge of evangelism within the local church and to review John Wesley’s approach to evangelism as a valid model of how lay speakers can help local churches develop models for effective evangelism.
Text: Transforming Evangelism by Henry H. Knight, III and Douglas Powe, Jr.

North GA Conference Committee on Lay Servant Ministries
2024 Classes– 8 Districts
You may take classes in any district

All Classes $42.00 – DOES NOT INCLUDE Student Book. Books are available at Cokesbury, Upper Room Books, Amazon or any book vendor

  • Basic requires pastor’s approval
  • Basic is the pre-requisite for all Advanced classes
  • Must attend or complete all sessions to receive credit for the course.
  • Classes may be offered in three formats: In person classes are at least 10 hours of instruction. Must attend all ten hours to receive credit. Zoom classes are also 10 hours of instruction and attendance of all 10 hours is required to receive credit. Must download the zoom app and requires a tablet or computer. Hybrid classes are 3 zoom sessions for 6 hours and 4 hours of interactive and guided assignments. Must attend all sessions and complete assignments to receive credit for the course.
Registration and payment for classes is done on this page. Click here to register.

 

Basic * Requires pastor’s approval
Saturdays, Feb. 3, 10; 9 am – 2 pm; Mt. Zion UMC, Marietta
Text:  Lay Servant Ministries:  Basic Course, Sandy and Brian Jackson
Questions Contact:  Chris Flint [email protected]

United Methodist Heritage
Saturdays, Feb. 3, 10; 9 am – 2 pm; Mt. Zion UMC, Marietta
Text:  Living our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way, Kenneth L. Carder
Questions Contact:  Chris Flint [email protected]

Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition
Saturdays, Feb. 3, 10; 9 am – 2 pm; Mt. Zion UMC, Marietta
Text:  Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition, Steve Harpe
Questions Contact:  Chris Flint [email protected]

Basic * Requires pastor’s approval
Saturdays, Feb. 10, 17; 9 am – 3 pm; Gainesville First UMC
Text:  Lay Servant Ministries:  Basic Course, Sandy and Brian Jackson
Questions Contact:  Kay Haugen  [email protected]

United Methodist Heritage
Saturdays, Feb. 10, 17; 9 am – 3 pm; Gainesville First UMC
Text:  Living our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way, Kenneth L. Carder
Questions Contact:  Kay Haugen  [email protected]

Lead Prayer
Saturdays, Feb. 10, 17; 9 am – 3 pm; Gainesville First UMC
Text: Shaping the Prayers of the People: The Art of Intercession, Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher
Questions Contact:  Kay Haugen  [email protected]

Dementia Through a Spiritual Lens
Saturdays, Feb. 10, 17; 9 am – 3 pm; Gainesville First UMC
Text:  Ministry with the Forgotten: Dementia Through a Spiritual Lens, by Kenneth L. Carder
Questions Contact:  Kay Haugen  [email protected]

Basic * Requires pastor’s approval
Saturdays, March 2, 9, 16; 9 am – 12:30 pm; Moreland UMC
Text:  Lay Servant Ministries:  Basic Course, Sandy and Brian Jackson
Questions Contact:  Jeanie Enyart [email protected]

Preaching
Saturdays, March 2, 9, 16; 9 am – 12:30 pm; Moreland UMC
Text: From Pew to Pulpit, Clifton F. Guthrie
Questions Contact:  Jeanie Enyart [email protected]

Spiritual Gifts
Saturdays, March 2, 9, 16; 9 am – 12:30 pm; Moreland UMC
Text: For the Common Good: Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts, by Christine Harman
Questions Contact:  Jeanie Enyart [email protected]

Basic * Requires pastor’s approval
Saturdays, March 2, 9, 16; 9 am – 12:30 pm; Jackson First UMC
Text:  Lay Servant Ministries:  Basic Course, Sandy and Brian Jackson
Questions Contact:  Jeanie Enyart [email protected]

Lead Worship
Saturdays, March 2, 9, 16: Jackson First UMC
Text: Worshiping with United Methodists, Hoyt Hickman
Questions Contact:  Jeanie Enyart [email protected]

Lead Prayer
Saturdays, March 2, 9, 16; 9 am – 12:30 pm; Jackson First UMC
Text: Shaping the Prayers of the People: The Art of Intercession, Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher
Questions Contact:  Jeanie Enyart [email protected]

Basic * Requires pastor’s approval
Saturdays, March 9, 16; 8:30 am – 3 pm; Oak Grove UMC, Decatur
Text:  Lay Servant Ministries:  Basic Course, Sandy and Brian Jackson
Questions Contact:  Randy Brown  [email protected]

Conflict Resolution
Saturdays, March 9, 16; 8:30 am – 3 pm; Oak Grove UMC, Decatur
Text:  The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation, Thomas Porter
Questions Contact:  Randy Brown  [email protected]

Lead Worship
Saturdays, March 9, 16; 8:30 am – 3 pm; Oak Grove UMC, Decatur
Text:  Worshipping with United Methodists, Hoyt Hickman
Questions Contact:  Randy Brown  [email protected]

Lead Prayer
Saturdays, March 9, 16; 8:30 am – 3 pm; Oak Grove UMC, Decatur
Text: Shaping the Prayers of the People: The Art of Intercession, Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher
Questions Contact:  Randy Brown  [email protected]

Basic * Requires pastor’s approval
Saturdays:  March 16 and 23; 9 am – 3 pm; Lewis Memorial UMC, Evans GA
Text:  Lay Servant Ministries:  Basic Course by Sandy Ziegler Jackson and Brian Jackson
Deadline to register:  March 2
Questions Contact:  Darlene Nelson [email protected]

Basic * Requires pastor’s approval
Saturdays: April 6 and 13; 9 am – 3 pm – 3:00 pm; Ben Hill UMC
Text:  Lay Servant Ministries:  Basic Course by Sandy Ziegler Jackson and Brian Jackson
Questions Contact:  Mary Anne Brannon [email protected] (Pastor’s approval should be sent to this email address)

Spiritual Gifts
Saturdays:  April 6 and 13; 9 am – 3 pm; Ben Hill UMC
Text:  For the Common Good:  Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts, by Christine Harman
Questions Contact:  Mary Anne Brannon [email protected]

Lead Prayer
Saturdays:  April 6 and 13; 9 am – 3 pm; Ben Hill UMC
Text:  Shaping the Prayers of the People: The Art of Intercession by Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher
Questions Contact:  Mary Anne Brannon [email protected]

United Methodist Heritage
Saturdays:  April 6 and 13; 9 am – 3 pm; Ben Hill UMC
Text:  Living Our Beliefs:  The United Methodist Way by Kenneth L. Carter
Questions Contact:  Mary Anne Brannon [email protected]

Lead Worship
Saturdays:  April 20 and 27; 9 am – 3 pm; Lewis Memorial UMC, Evans GA
Text: Worshiping with United Methodists (Revised), by Hoyt Hickman
Deadline to register:  April 6
Questions Contact:  Darlene Nelson [email protected]

Preach
Saturdays:  September 14 and 21; 9 am – 3 pm; Lewis Memorial UMC, Evans GA
Text: From Pew to Pulpit, by Clifton F. Guthrie
Deadline to register:  August 31
Questions Contact:  Darlene Nelson [email protected]

Basic * Requires pastor’s approval
Saturdays:  October 19 and 26; 9 am – 3 pm; Lewis Memorial UMC, Evans GA
Text:  Lay Servant Ministries:  Basic Course by Sandy Ziegler Jackson and Brian Jackson
Deadline to register:  October 5
Questions Contact:  Darlene Nelson [email protected]