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Lay Servant Training-Fall 2021

Saturday, October 9, 9:30am-4:30pm

Sunday, October 10, 2:00pm-5:00pm

First UMC, 124 Bethel Street, Clover

Attendance of all sessions is required for course credit.
Please be aware of the dates for the Zoom courses indicated below.

Registration Fee: $20 (Course Books will need to be ordered by participants. Please see details below.)

Registration deadline is September 30.



Contact: Lynne Tyner, Lay Servant Ministries Director,, 803-517-6596

Classes Offered

Basic Course- 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.

Leading Worship: Ken Spaulding

This course focuses on the ministry of the lay servant who either regularly or occasionally leads a group or congregation in worship.

Leading Prayer: Rev. Alex Stevenson

Praying in public can be daunting, but prayer is something one learns. This will help folks grow in confidence and skill as well as enrich their personal prayer life.

God’s Mission our Journey: Tony Jackson

This course will provide participants with a better understanding of a holistic approach to participation in God’s mission to the world and equip lay servants for more effective missional engagement in their communities and beyond.

Ministry with Dementia: Rev. Steve Holler

This course helps laity deepen their understanding of how those with dementia maintain their identity and worth as beloved children of God. Confronting the deep personal and theological questions created by loving people with dementia, Bishop Carder equips laity with practical ways to nurture and incorporate persons with Alzheimer’s and dementia into the church’s life and ministry

Devotional Life the Wesleyan Way: Jerry Newlon

Structured around Wesley’s “means of grace,” this study covers, among other topics, prayer, Scripture, the Lord’s Supper, and fasting – major features in John Wesley’s devotional life. Participants will learn how they can apply Wesley’s ministry to their own life.

Dancing with Words: Shannon Higgins

Participants in the course will learn what constitutes a good story, discover storytelling styles, learn the techniques of effective storytelling, and practice creating stories from their experiences.

Course Books (Need to be ordered by participant)

Course – Basic Course- Lay Servant Ministries

Participant: Lay Servant Ministries, Participant’s Book (Basic Course) by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson Participant’s Book – Paperback – March 13, 2013 (also available on Kindle)

ISBN-10: 0881776262
ISBN-13: 978-0881776263

Course – Leading Worship

Participant: Worshiping with United Methodists by Hoyt L. Hickman (revised edition) – Paperback – March 1, 2007

ISBN-10 : 0687335264
ISBN-13 : 9780687335268

Course – Leading Prayer

Participant: Let the Whole Church Say Amen! by Laurence Hull Stookey – Paperback – June 1, 2001

ISBN-10 : 9780687090778
ISBN-13 : 978-0687090778

Course – God’s Mission Our Journey

Participant:  A Mission Journey – Paperback – December 1, 2017

ISBN-10: 0835817865
ISBN-13: 978-0835817868

Course – Ministry with Dementia

Participant:  Ministry with the Forgotten by Kenneth L. Carder – Paperback – September 17, 2019

ISBN-13: 9781501880247

Course – Devotional Life the Wesleyan Way

Participant:  Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition by Steve Harper (workbook)– Paperback – June 1, 1998

ISBN-10: 0835807401
ISBN-13: 978-0835807401

Course – Dancing with Words

Participant:  Dancing with Words by Ray Buckley– Paperback – January 1, 2004

ISBN-10: 0881774073
ISBN-13: 978-0881774078

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