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.

 
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.
  • 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.

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

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 13. 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. 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

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 $25 for registration and pays for snacks and Saturday lunch. 

Download the flier and registration form.

Contact Jeanie Leeper at leeps4christ@gmail.com.