Lay Servant Ministries

Who are lay servants?

(Formerly lay speakers)

A lay servant is a member of a local church or charge who is ready and desirous to serve the church and who is well informed on the Scriptures and the doctrine, heritage, organization and life of The United Methodist Church and who has received specific training to develop skills in witnessing to the Christian faith through spoken communications, church and community leadership, and care-giving ministries. Lay servants serve a variety of needs including help and assistance in servicing their personal ministry at home, in their local church, their community, county, district and conference. An applicant must be active in the support of a local United Methodist congregation.

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District LSM Directors

Great Plains Conference Director

Mary Feit 

marykfeit@windstream.net

Blue River

Jan Claassen 

jclaassen3@charter.net

Dodge City

Dan Hutton

dthutton@sbcglobal.net

Elkhorn Valley

Carol  Jean Stapleton

cstapleton@greatplainsumc.org

Five Rivers

David Wasserfallen

drw1490@hotmail.com

Flint Hills

Marvin Tischhauser

tseeds@tctelco.net

Gateway

Ardith Davenport

a.r.davenport@gmail.com

Great West

Gloria Louch

gjlouch@gmail.com

Hays

James C Thompson

jamiet@ruraltel.net

Hutchinson

Phyllis  Stoppel

stoppelphyllis@hotmail.com

Kansas City

Julie  Schropp

julie.schropp@gmail.com

Missouri River

Bryan Hankins

heartlandhouse@cox.net

Parsons

Pat McReynolds

pemcreynolds@hotmail.com

Prairie Rivers

Jeanie  Leeper

leeps4christ@gmail.com

Salina

Janice Gilberg

jgillberg@wpmpath.com

Topeka

Kirk Pemberton

kpembert1@gmail.com

Wichita East

Dion Lefler

lefler74@msn.com

Wichita West

Paul Saas

paul@paulsaas.com

Upcoming Courses

Stay up to date with the latest schedule of Lay Servant Ministries courses by checking  back here regularly. Questions or ideas related to this section should be emailed to Mary Feit at marykfeit@windstream.net.

Books usually can be purchased via Cokesbury.com or UpperRoom.org.

 

DODGE CITY AND HAYS DISTRICTS

March 24 (starting at 6 p.m. ) to March 25 (ending at 4 p.m.) - Camp Lakeside, near Scott City, Kansas

  • Basic Course - This course is the foundation 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, meaning rooted in consistent spiritual practices and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship. Students must purchase the book "Lay Servant Ministries," by Sandy Ziegler Jackson and Brian Jackson.
  • Leading Public Prayer – For many people, the only teaching about prayer they ever receive is modeled in Sunday worship. This course may challenge some of your assumptions, test some of your preconceived ideas, stretch your thinking and enrich your prayer life. It will, at the very least, present you with an opportunity to grow in the discipline of leading public prayer. 

Cost is $70, which includes study materials, lodging, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

Download the registration form.

 
FLINT HILLS DISTRICT

March 10 (starting at 5 p.m.) and March 18 (ending at 4:30 p.m.) - College Avenue United Methodist Church, 1609 College Ave., Manhattan, Kansas

  • Basic Course - This course is the foundation 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, meaning rooted in consistent spiritual practices and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship.
  • Accountable Discipleship: This course focuses on the concept of the household of God, Scripture as divine revelation, Wesleyan understandings of grace and the importance of the class leader in the development of the Methodist movement.
  • Polity – This course gives participants an overview of the structure and organization of The United Methodist Church. A copy of the 2012 Book of Discipline is recommended.

Registration deadline is Feb. 24. Cost is $50 and includes snacks, class materials. No meals will be provided; participants will be given time Saturday to leave for lunch.

Download the flier and registration form.

 

GATEWAY DISTRICT

March 17 (starting at 6 p.m.; multimedia tools course only) and March 18 (all courses; ending at about 6 p.m.) - Broken Bow United Methodist Church, 1000 S. Third Ave., Broken Bow, Nebraska

  • Spiritual Gifts – This course helps participants understand spiritual gifts and how the church can use them to fulfill its mission and ministry. Participants will also learn what it means to be a spiritual leader and will be equipped to lead others in exploring and using their gifts. 
  • Preaching – This course offers practical tips for persons who are called on to preach occasionally but are not formally trained as pastors. John Gilbert’s text includes just enough theory to support the practice. A bibliography provides specific suggestions for readers wishing to explore preaching in more detail. Students must purchase the book "From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon," by Tony Franks and David Carroll.
  • Multimedia Worship Tools – This course is designed to provide an overview of methods to enhancing worship through the use of technology. Participants will be exposed to concepts of purchasing equipment, projection methods that help convey the preacher's message and resources available to help sustain the audio/visual effort. All materials are provided. If you have a laptop with PowerPoint software, you are encouraged to bring it with you for a practice session during the course.

The registration fee is $25, which covers meals Friday night and Saturday, as well as snacks.

Download the flier and registration form for the spiritual gifts and preaching courses.

Download the flier and registration form for the multimedia worship tools course.

 

HUTCHINSON DISTRICT

March 10 (starting at 5 p.m.) to March 11 (ending at 7 p.m.) - Heartland Center for Spirituality, Great Bend, Kansas

  • Basic Course - This course is the foundation 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, meaning rooted in consistent spiritual practices and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship. The book "Lay Servant Ministries," by Sandy Ziegler Jackson and Brian Jackson, is included in the registration fee.
  • Leading Public Prayer – For many people, the only teaching about prayer they ever receive is modeled in Sunday worship. This course may challenge some of your assumptions, test some of your preconceived ideas, stretch your thinking and enrich your prayer life. It will, at the very least, present you with an opportunity to grow in the discipline of leading public prayer. Students must purchase the book "Let the Whole Church Say Amen!" prior to this course.
  • Polity – This course gives participants an overview of the structure and organization of The United Methodist Church. A copy of the 2012 Book of Discipline and the book "Polity, Practice & the Mission of the UMC" are required for the class.

The registration fee is $75, which covers housing and meals on Saturday. Housing is two per room and is dormitory style.

Download the flier and registration form.

 

PRAIRIE RIVERS DISTRICT

March 24 (starting at 6 p.m.) to March 25 (ending at 5 p.m.) - Federated Church, 407 N. Saunders St., Sutton, Nebraska

  • Leading Worship – This course focuses on the ministry of the Lay Servant, who either regularly or occasionally leads a group or congregation in worship. You’ll discuss the basic pattern of United Methodist worship and will draw upon five basic principles. The course and book will explain basic resources for planning and leading worship. The book, "Worshiping with United Methodists: A Guide for Pastors and Church Leaders," is available from Cokesbury and Upper Room.

Registration deadline is March 17. Cost is $15 ($10 payable on arrival for snacks and Saturday lunch; $5 to be mailed in for registration). 

Contact Jeanie Leeper at leeps4christ@gmail.com.

Download a flier and the registration form.

 

SALINA DISTRICT

March 24 (starting at 6:45 p.m.) to March 25 (ending at 5:30 p.m.) - Kansas Wesleyan University Student Activity Center, Salina, Kansas

  • Basic – This course is the foundation 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, meaning rooted in consistent spiritual practices and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship. Students must purchase the book "Lay Servant Ministries," by Sandy Ziegler Jackson and Brian Jackson.
  • Preaching – This course offers practical tips for persons who are called on to preach occasionally but are not formally trained as pastors. John Gilbert’s text includes just enough theory to support the practice. A bibliography provides specific suggestions for readers wishing to explore preaching in more detail. Students must purchase Gilbert’s book, “Go, Preach!”

  • Spiritual Gifts – This course helps participants understand spiritual gifts and how the church can use them to fulfill its mission and ministry. Participants will also learn what it means to be a spiritual leader and will be equipped to lead others in exploring and using their gifts. 

  • Evangelism – This course leads servants to learn from John Wesley how to practice relational evangelism. They will discover that evangelism involves not only sharing our faith with others but also welcoming people into a community where they can grow in faith.

Registration deadline is March 10. Cost is $40.

Contact Janice Gillberg at jdgillberg@cox.net.

Download the flier for information on books to purchase and for the registration form.