LSM Training

Find information on upcoming LSM courses.

 

Training Requirements

Certified Lay Servant (CLS)

Certified lay servants need to satisfactorily complete Discipleship Ministries Basic Course and one advanced course.

Certified Lay Speaker (CLSp)

Certified lay speakers need to have been previously certified as a certified lay servant and satisfactorily complete the following six Discipleship Ministries advanced courses: Leading Prayer, Spiritual Gifts, UM Heritage, UM Polity, Leading Worship and Preaching.

Certified Lay Minister

Certified lay ministers need to have been previously certified as a certified lay servant and satisfactorily complete the following 11 classes established by the Great Plains Conference: Module One (Discipleship Ministries), Old Testament, New Testament, Preaching, Worship, Pastoral Care, UM History/Polity, UM Theology/Doctrine, Mission and Social Concerns, Evangelism and Leadership and Administration.

To become a certified lay minister, a candidate will first meet with her/his district superintendent (DS) to being the CLM process. The DS will then refer the candidate to do the background check, psychological evaluation and Safe Gatherings reports, and begin taking the 10 required online classes.

To be an officially Certified Lay Minister, a candidate must pass all 11 online courses above and be approved by the District Committee on Ordained Ministry (DCOM). A student is responsible for visiting with their district superintendent to begin the certification process with the DCOM.

Send the completed application to Dave Brant, Great Plains Conference, 9440 E. Boston, Ste. 110, Wichita, KS 67207 or dbrant@greatplainsumc.org.


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.
 

Blue River District

Oct. 27 (5:30 to 9 p.m.) and Oct. 28 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) - First United Methodist Church, 714 N. Beech St., Wahoo, Nebraka

  • 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. 
  • Preaching – This course is designed for those who have not completed formal training to preach, for pastors seeking a basic refresher course, and for others who are called upon to preach in a pastor’s absence. 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 move from communication on paper to beyond the paper.
  • Social Principles of the UMC: This course looks at the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church. Our Social Creed is the basic statement of guiding convictions about our relationship with God and others. The Social Principles expand on these convictions to focus on our relationship with the world. While the Social Principles are in the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church they are not binding but serve as helpful guides to our thinking.
  • 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. 

Registration is required by Oct. 20. Cost is $25, which covers registration, snacks and a chili soup lunch on Saturday.

More details, including the registration form,  instructors' names and which books to purchase, are expected Sept. 1.

Download the flier and registration form.

Dodge City District

Sept. 23 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) - First United Methodist Church, 210 Soule St., Dodge City

  • 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. Two hours of homework are required prior to registration. You can verify your homework to the committee by answering the questions on pages 7 – 22 in your participant book.  Write your notes in the spaces provided. 

Registration is required by Sept. 16. Cost is $10 for lunch and can be paid the day of the event or mailed in with registration.

Download the flier and registration form.

Contact Patty Lahey at 620-544-9365 or via email at plahey@pld.com.

 

Patty Lahey—2711 Road Z--Moscow, Ks  67952

 (plahey@pld.com)  Questions? text or call my cell (620-544-9365)  

 

Gateway District

Oct. 21 (7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) - First United Methodist Church, 4500 Lindon Drive, Kearney, Nebraska

  • 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 Bible Study – This course, new in 2017, opens a new world for many lay servants who have not had professional training in biblical interpretation. It reminds us as United Methodists that Bible study and biblical interpretation are a core part of our spiritual journey.
  • Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition – Structured around Wesley’s “Means of Grace,” this study covers, among other topics, prayer, Scripture, the Lord’s Supper, and fasting—major features in John Wesley’s devotional life. Participants will learn how they can apply Wesley’s ministry to their own lives.
  • Aging and ministry in the 21st Century – A practical guide for building ministry for older adults, the elders of the church, by tapping into their wisdom, energy, experience, and talents as well as recognizing the various stages of retirement and activity. Discussion pays special attention to the needs of the Boomer generation who are now becoming the older adults who will determine the church’s path for years to come.

Registration deadline is Oct. 13. The fee is $20, which covers the costs of meals and breaks.

Download the registration form, which includes books that should be purchased and read prior to class.

Contact Ardith Davenport with any questions at adavenport@gmail.com or by calling 308-529-3637.

 
Missouri River District

Oct. 20 (5 to 9 p.m.) and Oct. 21 (8 am. to 4:30 p.m.) - Trinity United Methodist Church, 8009 Q St., Ralston, Nebraska

  • 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 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.
  • Polity – This course gives participants an overview of the structure and organization of The United Methodist Church. A copy of the 2016 Book of Discipline is recommended. 

Registration deadline is Oct. 13. The fee is $20 and includes snacks Friday night and Saturday lunch.

Download the flier and registration form, which includes book information.

 

Parsons District

Sept. 15 (starting at 5 p.m.) and Sept. 16 - Wesley United Methodist Church, 500 Leawood Drive, Parsons, 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. 
  • Lay Pastoral Care Giving – This course offers insights into the life span and the dynamics of contemporary life to help church leaders reach out with God's love and care to others. 
  • Stewardship – Afire with God - This course helps participants develop a holistic understanding of stewardship.
  • 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.

Registration deadline is Sept. 7. Cost is $60 and covers all materials, snacks and lunch on Saturday.

Download the registration form.

 

Prairie Rivers District

Aug. 25 (6 to 9 p.m.) and Aug. 26 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) - Grace United Methodist Church, 1832 W. 9th St., Hastings, Nebraska

  • 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. 

Registration deadline is Aug. 18. Cost is $10 for snacks and Saturday lunch. 

Download the flier and registration form.

 

Sept. 15 (6:30 to 9 p.m.) and Sept. 16 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) - Trinity United Methodist Church, 511 N. Elm St., Grand Island, Nebraska

  • Polity — What we believe about God and God’s relation to the world shapes who we are and how we organize our Church. “The Method of Our Mission,” especially written for United Methodist classes, uses a Wesleyan theological frame to help readers understand United Methodism’s principles and structure, and the relationship between our beliefs, mission, and practice. The book is arranged into four parts — United Methodist beliefs, mission, practice, and organization.

Registration deadline is Sept. 5. The fee is $10 payable to the Great Plains UMC-Prairie Rivers District for the course and should be mailed with the registration. An additional $10 is due upon arrival for snacks and Saturday's lunch.

Download the flier and registration form. 

Contact Jeanie Leeper at leeps4christ@gmail.com.