West District Lay Servant Academy

February 24, 2024

8:00 am - 5:00 pm (ET)

Brazil First UMC

201 N Meridian Street

Brazil 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:  $15.00 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:  February 23, 2024 at 11:59 pm (ET)

Cancellation policy:   cancellations must be received via email to lisa.timmerman@inumc.org by 11:59 pm on February 23, 2024 to be eligible for a refund less processing fee.  No refunds after this date.

Select one class:

  • BASIC Lay Servant Ministries - This course is foundational for all courses in lay servant ministries. Participants are encouraged to discover and employ their personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in constant spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship. You will need to order and read this textbook in advance:  Lay Servant Ministries Participant's Book, by Sandy Ziegler Jackson & Brian Jackson ISBN: 978-0-88177-626-3

  • Preaching Advanced Course: Called to Preach - Called to Preach is designed for those who have not completed formal preaching training, for pastors seeking a basic refresher course, and for others who are called upon to preach in a pastor’s absence. Called to Preach is the required preaching course in the lay speaker track of study. You will need to order and read this textbook in advance: Participant’s Book – From Pew to Pulpit, by Clifton F. Guthrie • AB6660 • 978-0-687-06660-5 • $15.99 (Available in Kindle, $9.99) 

  • Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (United Methodist Heritage) - 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 where we are today, and how our distinctive emphases are still needed in the 21st-century church. You will need to order and read this textbook in advance: Participant’s Book – Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way, by Kenneth L. Carder • DR571 • 978- 0-88177-571-6 • $13.00 (ePub and Kindle, $9.99)  

  • Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (United Methodist 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. You will need to order and read this textbook in advance:  Participant’s Book – The Method of Our Mission Laceye C. Warner • AB717 • 978-1-4267-6717-3 • $23.00

Participants must order their own book. Books available at www.Cokesbury.com and on www.Amazon.com. Order book more than two weeks prior to class to ensure delivery and time to read before class.