Lay Servant Ministries Training
Friday, October 6, 2017 to Saturday, October 7, 2017

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Center UMC
387 S Broadway
Center, CO 81125

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(719) 873-5311


Gene Haning, Trinity District Lay Servant Director

Lay Servant Ministries Training October 6 & 7, 2017
Center UMC, 387 S. Broadway, Center, Colorado

Lay Servant Ministries BASIC Course—Facilitator to be announced. Book: Lay Servant Ministries (Participant's Book) by Sandy Zigler Jackson and Brian Jackson. Basic Course participants are also asked to obtain their own book (available from Cokesbury, Amazon and other sources). Please order well in advance of the course dates to allow time for delivery and review.

This course is foundational for all courses in Lay Servant Ministry. 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.

We are United Methodists—An interactive exploration of the heritage and polity of The United Methodist Church (Advanced Course) - Facilitator: Gene S. Haning. Book: There is no book for this course. Learning materials will be provided to participants after registrations are received.

From John Wesley’s early days through “The Way Forward” commission, this course will explore the heritage and polity of The United Methodist Church using a variety of presentation methods and interactive activities.


6:00 p.m. Friday - Check-in, open, introductions and instructions. Please have dinner before arriving. Snacks will be available.
6:15 p.m. - Class sessions begin Recess Friday evening to be determined by course presenters.
8:00 a.m. Saturday - Class sessions resume. Please have breakfast before arriving. Snacks will be provided. Times for breaks, lunch (provided), and closing worship & certificate presentations will be determined by course presenters and participants, assuring that 10 hours of training are met and all curriculum is covered.

Cost: No Charge. A "Love Offering" will be taken to cover snacks, lunch, & expenses.

Register at or call (719) 873-5311

Lay Servant Ministries

Lay Servants are to serve the local church or charge (or beyond the local church or charge) in any way in which their witness or leadership and service inspires the laity to deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship. This includes the interpretation of scriptures, doctrine, organization, and ministries of the church.

A Lay Servant is:
  • A professing member of a local church or charge who is ready and desirous to serve the church
  • Eager to serve the church, the community, and the world
  • Well-informed on and committed to the Scriptures and the doctrine, heritage, organization, and life of The United Methodist Church
  • Trained in witnessing to the Christian faith through spoken communication, church and community leadership, and care giving ministries
  • Active in the support of the local church or charge

Lay Servant Ministries is one of the most significant lay leadership development programs already available within the United Methodist connection. Through this system of equipping and empowering, lay servants have the opportunity to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ who then go and make other disciples. Lay Servant Ministries can be a significant component of any discipleship system, particularly discipleship systems based on the core process of discipleship as stated in par. 122 of The Book of Discipline. To better remember and understand the core process, think in terms of H.O.P.E.— Hospitality, Offer Christ, Purpose, and Engagement. Through these discipleship paths of H.O.P.E., new disciples are made and sent out to reach even more people. We go into the world in outreach and mission, offering Hospitality to those not yet in the body. We offer Christ by providing an Opportunity for people to commit their lives to God through baptism by water and the Spirit and profession of faith. We nurture people in Christian living to help them find a true sense of Purpose in life and what it means to live out their belief through acts of piety, acts of mercy, and other means of grace. Through Engagement, we send out these grace-filled followers of Jesus Christ who are putting their faith into action, helping to transform the surrounding community, and offering hospitality in the name of Jesus Christ. As you can see, developing the laity through Lay Servant Ministries is an excellent way to build up H.O.P.E. in any congregation.