Southeast District Lay Servant Academy

October 28, 2023

9:00 am - 5:00 pm (ET)

North Vernon First UMC

240 W Poplar Street

North Vernon 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.  

Cost:  $20.00 per person

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:  October 20, 2023 at 11:59 pm (ET)

Cancellation policy:   cancellations must be received via email to by 11:59 pm on October 20, 2023 to be eligible for a refund less processing fee.  No refunds after this date.

This is an IN PERSON Lay Servant Academy.  Classes are open to anyone interested.  It is expected participants will be present for the entire day.  Participants are expected to have read the required reading and to have completed any pre-class assignments prior to the event.

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 instructor is Pastor Nick Robinson.  The required text is: Lay Servant Ministries-Basic Course by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson.  It is available through Amazon and Kindle.  Participants are required to read the book prior to the class. 
  • Called to Preach: This course is required for those seeking to become Certified Lay Speakers.  It is designed for those who have not completed formal preaching training, for pastors seeking a refresher course, and for others who are called upon to preach in a pastor's absence.  The instructor is Pastor LaJo Dunbar.  The required text is: From Pew to Pulpit by Clinton F. Guthrie.  It is available through Amazon and Kindle.  Participants are required to read the book prior to the class.   
  • Leading Public Prayer:  This course is required for those seeking to become Certified Lay Speakers.  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.  The instructor is Rosa Brehm.  The required  text is:  Shaping the Prayers of the People, The Art of Intercession by Samuel Well and Abigail Kocher.  It is available through Amazon and Kindle.  Participants are required to read the book prior to the class.
  • Lay Pastoral Care Giving - This course offers insights into the life span and the dynamics of contemporary life to help church leaders reach out with God’s love and care to others.  It helps to answer the question: “How do we learn to care for others in the community-whether the community of faith or the extended community?”  This class is helpful for those interested in starting a lay pastoral ministry in their churches and for those who are already involved in that ministry.  The instructor is Pastor Terry Brammer.  The required text is Lay Pastoral Care Giving by Timothy M. Farabaugh.  It is available through Amazon.  Participants are required to read the book prior to the class.