Lay Leadership Development

Lay Leadership Development Scholarship

Great Plains Conference Lay Servant Ministries is making available funding for lay persons wishing to further cultivate their leadership and/or discipleship skills. These funds are available to any lay person in the Great Plains Conference. The only qualification is that they must not be clergy and must be a member of a United Methodist Church. Lay servants at all levels are also eligible for this financial support but these scholarships are not to be used for Basic or Advanced LSM courses including CLM training. The consideration for this Scholarship is for “Specialized Leadership Development” for Laity. The scholarship process is managed by the Great Plains Conference Committee on Lay Servant Ministries. To apply for the scholarship, complete the application form “Laity Leadership Development Scholarship Application.” Download the application here.


Lay Leadership Development Endowment Fund

An endowment fund at the Nebraska United Methodist Foundation has been established to perpetuate funds for Laity Leadership Development Scholarships beyond the initial grant supported project. Our goal for the endowment is $100,000, which will support scholarships for at least 20 lay persons seeking advanced training. 

The endowment will be managed by the Foundation. Contributions can be made online at, or by mailing a check to the Foundation (address listed below). Please consider pledging to a long-term plan, such as $200/year for 5 years, which results in a total of $1000. If you would like to create a long-term plan, please note that on your initial gift and the Foundation will help to remind you each year of your commitment.

Nebraska United Methodist Foundation
100 W. Fletcher Ave, Suite 100
Lincoln, NE 68521
Phone 402-323-8844
Toll-Free 877-495-5545
Fax 402-323-8840
Or email Kristine Roberts, executive director, at

Pathways for Discipleship Grants

The Kansas Methodist Foundation provides support to advance ministry throughout the Great Plains Conference. The Pathways for Discipleship Funds provide grants for leadership development to support clergy and lay leaders. Leadership Education grants may also assist in providing funding for church, network, or regional gatherings. Learn more at

The gifts of generosity are a marvelous way of exercising one’s faith in order to expand God’s kingdom. If you would like to make a difference within one of the Pathways for Discipleship Funds, click "give" for an online donation, send a check to the KMF Office, or contact the Kansas Methodist Foundation about other ways to give.