MRD: Lay Servant Resources

CLICK HERE to go to the Great Plains Conference webpage where you will find links to lay servant ministries under the "Laity" tab at the top of the page.

This page will provide resources on the annual forms needed, blogs, related resources, district LSM directors and upcoming courses/training.

Please check this page often for updates.

Missouri River District Lay Servant Ministries Classes 


Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Basic Class:

          Offered in Swahili, Spanish and English

               Click Here for a Swahili group registration form

               Click Here for a Spanish group registration form

    Advanced Classes:

          United Methodist Heritage,

          Leading Missional Small Groups and

          Worship Leading/Planning & Altar Decorating

Note: Anyone who needed a class in 2020 and were given an extension due to the pandemic meeting restrictions will need to have a class in 2021 for renewal.

Click Here for an individual registration form



Parsons District offers Lay Servant Ministry Training on October 1-2 at Parsons Wesley UMC.  CLICK HERE for a flyer with more info.

CLM Pastoral Care Course

for those who grieve

Students will understand basics of grief, how to be present for the giver, and how to do pastoral care in times of loss.

CLICK HERE for a flyer with more information. 

Mission u 

A request was made by Mission u that their events be considered an advanced course for lay servant's renewal certifications hours. The following is the response from the Conference Lay Servant Committee:

At our last Great Plains Conference Committee on lay servant ministries meeting on Feb. 25, the committee approved the Mission u class for renewal of LSM certification, but it may only be used once for this purpose. While we believe this program is valuable to the mission of the church, lay servant ministries focus is on developing leadership and discipleship skills in support of the local church.