North District Lay Academy

Evangel Heights UMC

114 N Ironwood Dr

South Bend IN

September 11- October 9, 2021 (Five Saturdays)

9:00 am - 12:30 pm each Saturday  (ET)  


We are Called!  You are Called!

It is time to gather together again!  Join with some great people to draw closer to God and His plan for you.  We are offering seven workshops.  Whether you are taking a step toward Lay Servant or Lay Speaker certificate or just want to join with others in learning and fellowship, you will be uplifted and encouraged on your spiritual journey.

Cost:  $25.00 per person

Registration deadline:  September 9, 2021 at 11:59 pm  ****Preaching classes will close at the maximum number of registrants

Students are required to purchase their own materials prior to class.  Materials are available through, and other online retailers.

Classes offered:

  • Basic Course - this course is required for first time attendees.  Discover and employ your personal spiritual gifts as God intended.  Learn the worth of servant leadership.  Book:  Lay Servant Ministries  isbn: 978-0-88177-626-3  $8.50 - 11.
  • Basic Course for Youth - For grades 7-12.  Same book as above
  • Leading in Prayer - For many people, prayer remains a mystery.  Grow in confidence and skill in prayer, both public and personal.  Requires completion of the Basic Course.  Book Let the Whole Church Say Amen!   isbn: 978-0-6870-9077-8  $13 - 17
  • Beginning Preaching - Begin to learn tools to create faithful, engaging sermons and learn skills to gain comfort in public speaking in all settings.  Book: From Pew to Pulpit  isbn: 978-0-68706-660-5  $10 - 11;  8 maximum registrants; Requires completion of the Basic Course. 
  • Advanced Preaching - Dig deeper into the skills learned in Beginning Preaching.  Discuss types of sermons, using the hymnal, finding a story, and how to better communicate your thoughts.  Book:  From Your Heart to Theirs  isbn:  978-0-88177-536-5; 8 maximum registrants; Requires completion of the Basic Course. 
  • Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts - Understand your gifts and how the church can use them to fulfill its mission and ministry.  Learn what it means to be a spiritual leader.  Requires completion of the Basic Course.   Book:  Each One a Minister  isbn:  978-0-88177-375-0  $10 - 13
  • Lay Pastoral Giving - Learn 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.  Requires completion of the Basic Course.  Book: Lay Pastoral Care Giving    isbn: 978-0-88177-554-9  $18