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Lay Servant Training-Spring 2022

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

Sunday, May 1, 2:00pm-5:00pm

St. John’s UMC, 321 S Oakland Ave, Rock Hill

Attendance of all sessions is required for course credit.
Please be aware of the different dates for the Zoom course, will be TBD.

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

Registration deadline is April 16.



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

Jerry Newlon, Associate Director,, 803-370-0965

Classes Offered

Basic Course- Lay Servant Ministries: Ken Spaulding

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.

Heritage: Jerry Newlon

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.

Polity: Rev. Nellie Cloninger and Rev. Steve Holler

This course will explore the gifts of theology, witness, and organization that The UMC brings to the church universal, our history, and how our distinctive emphases are still needed in the 21st-century church.

Leading Prayer: Athena Dickey and Ted Cathcart

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.

Conflict Resolution: Sandy Ransom

Every church deals with conflict, both healthy and unhealthy, and lay servant can be quipped and empowered to help lead through those times of conflict as a time of transformation.

For The Common Good: Sandy Sindell

The Common Good reminds us that the Holy Spirit gives us one or more gifts. This study helps us discover or maybe remind us of those gifts and how to use them to serve others in the church, community or world. The Emphasis is building a ministry team or assigning people to committees based on their gifts. It is a step up from the older Spiritual Gifts class.

Opening Ourselves to Grace: Shannon Higgins (ZOOM only- dates TBD)

Opening Ourselves to Grace explores the basic practices of Christian faith and life from a Wesleyan perspective.


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 – Heritage

Participant: Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Kenneth L. Carter – Paperback – October 1, 2009

ISBN-10 : 0881775711
ISBN-13 : 978-0881775716

Course – Polity

Participant: Polity, Practice, and the Mission of The United Methodist Church by Thomas E. Frank – Paperback – April 1, 2006

ISBN-10 : 0687335310
ISBN-13 : 978-0687335312

Course – Leading Prayer

Participant: Shaping the Prayers of the People: The Art of Intercession by Samuel Wells– Paperback – June 16, 2014

ISBN-10: 080287097X
ISBN-13: 978-0802870971

Course – Conflict Resolution

Participant:  The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation: Creating a Culture of Justpeace by Thomas W. Porter– Paperback – June 30, 2010

ISBN-10: 0835810267
ISBN-13: 978-0835810265

Course – For The Common Good

Participant:  For the Common Good: Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts by Christine Harman– Paperback – June 30, 2021

ISBN-10: 088177958X
ISBN-13: 978-0881779585

Course – Opening Ourselves to Grace

Participant:  Opening Ourselves to Grace

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