Northwest District In Person Lay Servant Academy

March 9, 2024

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

St. Andrew United Methodist Church

4703 N 50 W

West Lafayette IN

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: March 2, 2024 at 11:59 PM (ET)

Cancellation policy:   cancellations must be received via email to by 11:59 pm (ET) on March 2, 2024 to be eligible for a refund less processing fee.  No refunds after this date.


Select one class:

  • 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 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. The instructor is Gina Riendeau, Certified Lay Minister.
  • Living Our United Methodist Beliefs - This course is required for those seeking to become Certified Lay Speakers or Certified Lay Ministers. This course will explore the special gifts of theology, witness, and organization that The United Methodist Church brings to the church universal, how we got to where we are today, and how our distinctive emphases are still needed in the church today. The required participant's book is Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Kenneth L. Carder. It is available through Amazon for $13.00 and in Kindle format for $9.99. The class will be taught by Lisa Nielsen, Certified Lay Speaker.
  • Sacraments: Means of Grace - This advanced course focuses on Baptism and Holy Communion as means of grace. The required participant's texts are This Holy Mystery: A United Methodist Understanding of Communion by Gayle Carlton Felton available on Amazon for $14.00 in paperback or for $9.99 in Kindle version and By Water and the Spirit by Gayle Carlton Felton available on Amazon for $9.29 in paperback or $8.83 in Kindle version. Participants may contact Lynn Nelson at for a free PDF of the required books. This class will be taught by Pastor Branden Scott.