Lay Servant Ministries: Leading - Caring - Communicating

Lay Servant Ministry Courses

Leading - Caring - Communicating

What are Lay Servant Ministry Courses?

Lay Servant Ministry courses are one of the most significant leadership development programs within the United Methodist Church. Through this equipping system, lay servants have the opportunity to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. They are then sent out into their communities, empowered to go and make other disciples.
Lay Servant Ministries is a significant component of our discipleship system. Discipleship is all about relationships. It's essential that we see all people as we seek to make disciples for the transformation of the world. Through authentic experiences of God’s grace, new disciples are created and sent out to share Christ’s love.
So who are Christ's disciples? These faithful men and women extend hospitality to those not yet in the body. They provide people an opportunity to commit their lives to God through baptism by water and the Spirit and profession of faith. Disciples nurture people in Christian living to help them find a true sense of purpose in life and what it means to live out their belief. Christian disciples also put their faith into action by helping to transform the surrounding community. This is often done through engagement in mission and ministry as they offer hospitality in the name of Jesus Christ. The courses offered through the Lay Servant ministries program are about equipping and empowering people as disciples and leaders. It is an excellent way to build up any congregation.

Who can enroll and where can I take a Lay Servant Ministry Course?

Everyone is welcome to enroll in courses through the Lay Servant Ministries program.  To become a certified Lay Servant in the church, it is required that you complete the Basic Lay Servant course offered several times a year throughout the state.  However, if you have yet to complete the basic course, you are still welcome to enroll in one of the advanced courses.  They are still useful for learning and provide valuable lessons you can take back to your church and community.

Basic and advanced courses are available several times a year at various locations throughout the state.  Some advanced courses are also available online for your convenience.  Click on the buttons to the left to find a course near you, seek out online courses, or browse through the current course catalog.  

Basic & Advanced Lay Servant Classes

Saturday: October 26 & November 9, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Ministry isn’t just a clergy endeavor; all Christians are called to serve.  We encourage everyone to come and participate in one of two upcoming Lay Servant classes being held this autumn at the New Hope UMC.  On Saturday, October 26th and November 2nd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pastor Pam Harkema (Driftless Regional Ministry – Liberty Pole, New Hope, & Retreat UMC) and Pastor Cheryl Weaver (Prairie du Chien & Eastman Salem UMC) will host concurrent classes at the church.

Pastor Pam will be leading the Basic Lay Servant Ministry class which will lay the foundation for all courses available within the scope of lay servant ministries.  Come and discover how you are gifted and how God is calling you to use your gifts!  Examine the spiritual practices that you are currently developing and learn how to make improvements in your spiritual life!

Pastor Cheryl Weaver will lead the Advanced Lay Servant class on Preaching.  This class is designed for those who do not have formal preaching training.  When you are called to fill the pulpit, how do you prepare and develop a meaningful message?  Come and share your experiences and learn new ideas for preparing to fill the pulpit in the future!

Each class has a required text and students should acquire their own copies in advance of the attending the class.  “Lay Servant Ministries” by Sandy Zeigler and Brian Jackson (usually ~ $11.00) is required for the Basic class.  “From Pew to Pulpit” by Clifton Guthrie (usually ~ $12.00) is required for the Advanced Preaching class.

If you would like to participate in a class, please register for the class you wish to participate in.  The register, please either call Pastor Pam at (608) 648-2528 or e-mail her at  There is a registration fee of $15 per class.  Please register by Friday, October 11th.

For more information, please reach out to Pastor Pam.

Lay Servant Ministry Courses