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West District Lay Servant Academy

May 6, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

West District Lay Servant Academy

May 6, 2023

8:00 am – 5:00 pm (ET)

Brazil First UMC

201 N Meridian

Brazil IN

You are invited to join us for the Lay Servant Ministries Academy to begin or continue training for living out the call to make disciples for the transformation of our churches, communities, and world.

Cost:  $15.00 per person

Payment Information:  Visa and MasterCard accepted

Please print a copy of your registration for your receipt.

Check payments must be mailed within 7 days of registration.  Please include a copy of your invoice with your check.

Make checks payable to INUMC

Mail to:
Attn:  Lisa Timmerman
301 Pennsylvania Parkway, #300
Carmel, IN 46280


Registration deadline:  May 5, 2023 at 11:59 pm (ET)

Cancellation policy:   cancellations must be received via email to lisa.timmerman@inumc.org by 11:59 pm on May 5, 2023 to be eligible for a refund less processing fee.  No refunds after this date.


Select one class:

  • BASIC Lay Servant Ministries – This course is foundational for all courses in lay servant ministries. Participants are encouraged to discover and employ their personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in constant spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship. You will need to order and read this textbook in advance:  Lay Servant Ministries Participant’s Book, by Sandy Ziegler Jackson & Brian Jackson ISBN: 978-0-88177-626-3
  • Preaching Advanced Course: From Your Heart to Theirs (Delivering an Effective Sermon) – Moving beyond the basics of public speaking and the foundations necessary for preparing an engaging sermon, this course also includes types of sermons – from exegetical to topical to children’s sermons – as well as how to find a story, how to use the hymnal, and how to move from communication on paper to beyond the paper.  You will need to order and read this textbook in advance:  From Your Heart to Theirs by Tony Franks & David Carroll ISBN: 978-0-88177-536-5
  • Living Our United Methodist Beliefs – This course is REQUIRED for those seeking to become Certified Lay Speakers or Certified Lay Ministers.  This course will explore the special gifts of theology, witness, and organization that The United Methodist Church brings to the church universal, how we got to where we are today, and how our distinctive emphases are still needed in the church today. The required participant’s book is:  Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Kenneth L. Carder. DR571 • 978-0-88177-571-6 • $13.00 (ePub and Kindle, $9.99) Participants are expected to have read the book prior to the class.



May 6, 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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