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Lay Servant Courses


  • Gainesville First UMC 2780 Thompson Bridge Road Gainesville, GA, 30506 United States (map)

9am - 3pm / Adult Lobby

Lay Servants partner with clergy to extend Christ’s message in the church and community through leadership in small groups, stewardship, evangelism, worship, etc. Before enrolling in an advanced course, you must have completed the Lay Servant “Basic” course.

The “Worship” course is approved as 1 of the 6 required courses for those seeking certification as a Certified Lay Speaker.

The “God’s Mission…Our Journey” course is approved as an elective course and leads participants to learn how to learn new approaches in practicing missional work. It is also recommended for Certified Lay Speakers as a “broadening experience”.

Advanced Course – “Worship”
Instructor: Dick Williamson – NG Conference Certified LSM Instructor; Gainesville FUMC
This course focuses on the ministry of the Lay Servant who either regularly or occasionally leads a group or congregation in worship.

Advanced Course – “God’s Mission…Our Journey”
Instructor: Rev. Richard Pletsch, Sr. Pastor @ Ebenezer UMC, Hollywood
This course will provide participants with a better understanding of a holistic approach to participation in God’s mission to the world and equip Lay Servants for a more effective missional engagement in their communities and beyond.

Lay Service “Basic” Course (Local Church Lay Servant Certification)
Instructor: Chris Austin, NG Conference Certified LSM Instructor; Lula UMC
This course is required prior to attending any other Lay Servant Ministries course. Your Pastor must sign basic course registration. It offers guidelines for best practices in mission and ministry in the church & community, the role of laity & spiritual gifts, and discussion of the early Methodist movement. The Book of Discipline strongly recommends this course for the local church Lay Leader.

Earlier Event: September 3
Labor Day Picnic
Later Event: September 10
First Bible Celebration