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.

Northwest District In Person Lay Servant Academy

April 13, 2024

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

Cross Wind United Methodist Church

616 SR 25

Logansport IN

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: April 6, 2024 11:59 PM (ET)

Cancellation policy:  cancellations must be received via email to by 11:59 pm (ET) on April 6, 2024 to be eligible for a refund less processing fee.  No refunds after this date.



  • Introduction to Lay Ministry: The BASIC Course - This course is required for those seeking to become a Certified Lay Servant, a Certified Lay  Speaker, or a Certified Lay Minister. 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. The instructor is Terri Budde, Certified Lay Speaker. The required text is Lay Servant Ministries-Basic Course by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson. It is available through Amazon for $11.00 and in Kindle version. Participants are required to read the book prior to the class.
  • Leading Worship - This course is required for those seeking to become Certified Lay Speakers. For United Methodists, worship is formative and can revitalize people's lives. This course focuses on the ministry of the lay servant who either regularly or occasionally leads a group or congregation in worship. The instructor is Pastor Branden Scott. The required text is Worshiping with United Methodists by Hoyt I. Hickman, revised edition. It is available through Amazon for $14.39 or in Kindle version for $9.99. Participants are required to read the book prior to the class.
  • Leading Missional Small Groups - This advanced class shows us a way to form missional communities and congregations. It draws from John Wesley's own organizing abilities and will better equip today's congregations to be more transformational. The required text is Transforming Community: The Wesleyan Way to Missional Congregations by F. Douglas Powe, Jr. and Henry H. Knight III. It is available through Amazon for $15.00 and in Kindle version for $9.99. The instructor is Rev. Tim Powers.