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

Oct. 28 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) - First United Methodist Church, 1106 N. Main St., Garden 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 Oct. 21. Bring your own lunch. Drinks will be provided.

Download the registration form.

 

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.

 

Great West District

Nov. 10 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mountain Time) and Nov. 11 (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mountain Time) - Mitchell United Methodist Church, 1845 Broadway St., Mitchell, Nebraska

  • Leading in Prayer – For many people, prayer remains a mystery, and praying in public is a test of faith left to the “professionals” of the church. This course on praying in public will help the participant grow in confidence and skill in prayer, both public and personal. Participants should order the book "Let the Whole Church Say Amen!" by Laurence Hull Stookey from Upper Room, Cokesbury or Amazon.

The class is limited to the first 15 people who register. Registration is due Nov. 6. The fee is $10 and should be brought to class. Saturday lunch and snacks will be provided.

Download the registration form and flier.

 
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.

 

Prairie Rivers District

Oct. 13 (6:30 to 9 p.m.) and Oct. 14 (8:30 am. to 4  p.m.) - First United Methodist Church, 614 N. Hastings St., Hastings, Nebraska

  • Encountering the Holy Spirit — Participants learn about the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit through the study of scripture, tradition, reason, and experience via a series of talks and prayer.

Registration deadline is Sept. 30 by calling the church at 402-463-6733. Cost is $10, payable to First United Methodist Church. A free-will offering will be taken for the Saturday noon meal.

Download the registration form.