Metro District Lay Servant Ministries Training


lay servant ministries(1) Basic Course - Lay Speaking Ministries by Sandy Jackson. The required beginning course for local lay speaker certification; course topics: Leading, caring, communication, serving. It offers guidelines for best practices as a church leader and outlines a number of ministries in which lay servants may assume roles. (2) Advanced Course [prior basic course is required] - Life Together in the UM Connection is the focus using the book Polity, Practice and the Mission of the UMC: 2006 by Thomas Frank. This advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries gives participants an overview of the structure and organization of The United Methodist Church. Participants will have greater understanding of how United Methodists relate to one another both at home and around the world. Both courses will be offered at every session. Participants must attend all sessions. Anyone who has never taken the basic course must register for the basic course first if you are seeking certification. As soon as your registration is processed your study material will be mailed to you. Click the "Registration Form" link below to register. Registration fee includes materials, Saturday lunch and snacks; Sunday snacks. The Graduation Celebration/Worship Service information will be provided with your materials. REGISTRATION FORM (Word Document) Training Sessions (Each Class Cost $25) April 2 and 3 Westford UMC, Concord 273 Highway 49 South Concord, NC 28025 Sat. 8:30am registration/breakfast, 9am-4pm Class; Sun. 2pm-6:45pm Coordinator: Margaret Cox 704.785.9887 April 3, 10, 17, 24 Trinity UMC, Charlotte 6230 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte 28216; 6pm registration; 6:30-9pm Class; Coordinators: David Stroupe 704.992.0239 April 4, 11, 18, 25 St. Mark's UMC, Charlotte 917 Clanton Rd., Charlotte 28217 6pm registration; 6:30-9pm Class Coordinator: Michelene Mathews 704.759.3360 April 23 and 24 Mouzon UMC, Charlotte 3100 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte 28209 Sat. 8:30am registration/breakfast, 9am-4pm Class; Sun. 2pm-6:45pm Coordinator: Irma Ellwanger 704.544.3190

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Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at


  • Resources
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