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

April 29 (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) - St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 1621 Superior, St., Lincoln, Nebraska

  • Practicing Our Fiath in Multi-Cultural Settings — In this one-day workshop we’ll hear the personal stories of several Blue River clergy representing a variety of ethnic, national and Christian roots. Through their experiences we’ll explore more about the diversity and how these differences enhance and challenge us in connecting as Christians and working effectively as the Body of Christ. This workshop is designed for Lay Servants, Clergy and Laity. This course does not qualify as a Lay Servant advanced course.

The registration deadline is April 26. Cost is $15 and includes lunch.

Download the flier and registration form.

 
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.

 
Elkhorn Valley District

April 22 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) - First United Methodist Church, 406 W. Phillips Ave., Norfolk, Nebraska

  • 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. Students must purchase the book “The Method of Our Mission” by Laceye C. Warner. After reading the book, homework of a 200-word essay on "Why I'm glad to be a United Methodist" must be completed prior to class. Bring a printed copy of the essay with you to class.
  • Transforming Evangelism — This course leads participants 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. Students must purchase the book "Transforming Evangelism" by Henry H. Knight III and F. Douglas Powe Jr. Read the book and answer the questions as noted on the flier for the course.

There is no registration fee for these courses. Bring a sack lunch or bring money to order out.

Download the polity flier.
Download the evangelism flier

Contact Pastor Judy Carlson with any questions at jcarlson@greatplainsumc.org.

 
Missouri River District

July 28 (5 to 9 p.m.) and July 29 (8 am. to 4:30 p.m.) - First United Methodist Church, 1023 First Ave., Nebraska City, 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 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.
  • Heritage – Living Our United Methodist Beliefs – Living Our United Methodist Beliefs - This course explores the special gifts of theology, witness and organization that The United Methodist Church brings to the church universal, how we got where we are today and how our distinctive emphases are still needed in the 21st century. Students must purchase the book "Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way," by Kenneth L. Carder.

Registration deadline is July 21. The fee is $20 and includes Friday snacks and Saturday lunch. 

Download the flier and registration form.

Contact the district office with questions at missouririver@greatplainsumc.org.

 

Oct. 21 (5 to 9 p.m.) and Oct. 22 (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.

 

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).

Download a flier and the registration form.

Contact Jeanie Leeper at leeps4christ@gmail.com.

 

April 22 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and May 6 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - First Faith United Methodist Church, 4190 W. Capitol Ave., Grand Island, 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. 

Registration deadline is April 10. Cost is $5 for registration (mail in with the registration form) and $20 payable on arrival for Saturday lunch.

Download the flier and registration form.

Contact Jeanie Leeper at leeps4christ@gmail.com.

 

June 2 (7 to 9 p.m.) and June 3 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) - Superior United Methodist Church, 448 Kansas St., Superior, Nebraska

  • God's Mission ... Our Journey (volunteerism) — This course encourages short-term mission volunteers to reflect on the reasons why they engage in mission and how they plan and prepare to be more intentional. It helps volunteers shape the stories of their mission experiences in a way that enhances their personal and spiritual journeys. Students should purchase the book "A Mission Journey" and read it prior to class.

Registration deadline is May 22. Cost is $5 for registration (mail in with the registration form) and $10 payable upon arrival for snacks and Saturday lunch.

Download the flier and registration form.

Contact Jeanie Leeper at leeps4christ@gmail.com.