Lay Servants & Leaders

Lay Servant Trainings

April 14 at two locations we are offering training. 
Basic only at Burlington Junction UMC 
Basic & Advance courses at Platte Woods UMC. 

Keep reading for more information. 

 We are offering THREE courses: Basic course called Lay Servant Ministries; advanced courses are: Spiritual Gifts -Each One a Minister and Leading Prayer – Let the Whole Church Say Amen. All courses consist of 1 Saturday session from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM with lunch provided and a homework assignment that will be sent to you prior to the class date. To take an Advanced Course, you must have taken a Basic Course. Feel free to invite anyone that you think would enjoy the classes. They are open to all!! 

 Location: Platte Woods UMC, 7310 NW Prairie View Rd, Platte Woods, MO 64151-1550

Course Cost: $15 includes lunch

Registration Form: Click HERE

 Basic Course: Looking for leadership training? This course is foundational 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, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship.

 Advanced Course: Spiritual Gifts using the book, Each One a Minister, will focus on the book by William J. Carter. The topics of discussion include how to encourage others to discover God’s call to ministry in their own lives and lead others in practical ways to use their gifts in ministry.

 Advance Course: Leading Prayer, using the book, Let the Whole Church Say Amen! by Laurence Hull StookeyFor 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.

Basic Only 

Location: Burlington Junction UMC

222 N. Clarinda, Burlington Junction, MO

Saturday, April 14, 2018

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

The Basic Course, using Lay Speaking Ministries: Basic Course Participants Book, by S. Zeigler-Jackson & B. Jackson, is foundational for all advance courses. Participants in this class are encouraged to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders and remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices.  Homework will be assigned a few weeks prior to class date.

Registration information - Click Here!

This section of the website contains resources and information primarily for Lay Leaders and Lay Servant Ministries, as well as helpful information for all lay people interested in the fruitfulness of the church’s ministry.  

What is a Lay Leader? 

Click here to view the official job description of a Lay Leader in a local church. If you have any questions, please contact our district Lay Leader, John Miller. See contact information in the right side bar. 

What does it mean to be a Lay Servant and a Lay Speaker? 

Lay Servants are to serve the local church or charge in any way in which their witness or leadership and service inspires the laity to deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship. This includes the interpretation of scriptures, doctrine, organization, and ministries of the church. The Northwest District sponsors basic and advanced courses to help laity learn more about their gifts and talents to better serve the church. For more information about the Fall training, on Oct 28 and Nov 4, please click here. Courses Approved by GBOD for Advanced Courses

Please see for approved courses including Multimedia Technology, Growing Spiritually Through Daily Discipline, Leading Worship, Biblical Storytelling, and more. The courses are well done they take significant effort to complete. And check with your district director. Online courses may not be approved for certification for two consecutive three-year periods.

Lay Servant Ministry Resources

Click here for GBOD Resources

Click the links below to view the Lay Speaker's Annual Report  form for the report of the lay speaker to charge conference.