Central District In Person Lay Servant Academy

May 11, 2024

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)

Meridian Street UMC

5500 North Meridian Street

Indianapolis Indiana


You are invited to join us for the Lay Servant Ministries Academy to begin or continue training for living out the call to make disciples for the transformation of our churches, communities, and world. This is a one day in person Lay Servant Academy. Registrants can attend only one class and must be present the entire day.

Cost:  $25.00

Payment Information:  Visa and MasterCard accepted

Please print a copy of your registration for your receipt.

Check payments must be mailed within 7 days of registration.  Please include a copy of your invoice with your check.

Make checks payable to INUMC

Mail to:
Attn:  Lisa Timmerman
301 Pennsylvania Parkway, #300
Carmel, IN 46280

Registration deadline: Sunday, May 5, 2024 at 11:59 PM (ET)

Cancellation policy:   cancellations must be received via email to lisa.timmerman@inumc.org by 11:59 pm (ET) on May 5, 2024 to be eligible for a refund less processing fee.  No refunds after this date.



  • The Basic Course - 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. Instructor: Brandon Collins, Certified Lay Speaker, Associate Pastor, Southport United Methodist Church. Text: Lay Servant Ministries: Basic Course. Participant Guide. Authors: Sandy Zeigler and Brian Jackson.
  • Leading Public Prayer - Praying in public can be daunting, but prayer is something one learns. This course on praying in public will help the participant grow in confidence and skill in public prayer and enrich their personal prayer life. Instructor: Rev. Chiyona Bourne, Chaplain, IU Health. Text: Shaping the Prayers of the People: The Art of Intercession. Authors: Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher.
  • Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (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. (available for download here.) Instructor: Rev. Dr. P.T. Wilson, Senior Pastor, Danville United Methodist Church. Text: Polity, Practice, and the Mission of the United Methodist Church by Thomas Edward Frank. 
  • A Better Connection - A class to expand our understanding of United Methodist beliefs, mission, practice, and organization using the 2016 Book of Discipline. Instructor: Rev. Dr. Aleze Fulbright, Conference Superintendent, Central District, Indiana Annual Conference. Text: 2016 Book of Discipline, available for download here. 
  • Lay Servants as Christian Transformational Leaders - This course will guide lay servants seeking to be more empowered to lead their congregations toward vitality. Instructors: Lisa Trigg, CLM; Marilyn Culler CLM. Text: Lay Servants as Christian Transformational Leaders, by Marc Brown, Kathy Merry, and John Briggs. DR881; 978-0-88177-881-6; $18.00 (ePub and Kindle $9.99)