Fall 2020 Lay Servant Ministries School Planning

The Lay Servant Ministries Committee, under the leadership of Cathy Trevino Lay Servant Ministries Director, is now planning the  Fall 2020 Lay Servant School. Tentative Dates are October  18 and 25; however, that may change due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Committee is exploring offering the Fall School via ZOOM.
Anyone who was registered to attend the Spring School will automatically be registered for the Fall 2020 Lay Servant School. The classes offered in the Fall will be the same classes so keep your books, if you have already ordered them.
Anyone who cannot attend the Fall School can request a refund of his/her registration fee paid to attend the Spring 2020 Lay Servant Ministries School.
For questions or more information, please contact the Greenwood District Office (864-223-2650 or gwdist@umcsc.org) or Cathy Trevino, Director of the Greenwood Lay Servant Ministries (gwdlsmdir@gmail.com).
Stay tuned for more information and details regarding the Fall 2020 Lay Servant Ministries School for the Greenwood District.


Greenwood District 2020 Spring Lay Servant Ministry School – Cancelled

The Greenwood District 2020 Spring Lay Servant Ministry School was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Dates and Registration information regarding the Fall 2020 Lay Servant Ministry School will announced in later summer and made available on this web page.

The same courses that were offered originally for the Spring 2020 School will be offered for the Fall 2020 School:

  • Basic Course: This course is required of all those who wish to be certified as a Local Church Lay Servant. If this is your first application to become a Lay Servant, you need to register for this course. The cost is $33 which includes the book.
  • Polity: The Method of our Mission: For those seeking to be a certified Lay Servant, this is an advanced course and the Basic course is a pre-requisite for this course. However, anyone interested in knowing more about United Methodist Polity can register for this course. If the individual’s focus changes and a decision is made to become a certified Lay Servant, then the Basic Course must be taken. Registration fee is $23.00.
  • Faith-Sharing: Introduces participants to a systematic approach to multiplying the witness of Christ Jesus by teaching the “Graceful Pattern of Faith-Sharing”.  This approach is designed to help persons become more competent and confident in sharing Christian Faith.  Registration fee is $23.00 and will be led by Rev. Susan Maddox.
  • From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon: This is an advanced course and the Basic course is a pre-requisite. Registration fee is $23.00.
  • Aging & Ministry in the 21st Century: In addition to the practical issues of programming, Gentzler takes on more difficult topics of aging including chronic conditions, depression, and death. He also recommends that churches pay special attention to the needs of the Baby Boomer generation, since they are now becoming the older adults who will determine the church’s path for years to come.  Registration fee is $23.00.

Registration deadline for the Fall 2020 School has not yet been announced; however,  (1) No Registrations will be taken/accepted at the door; (2)  No registrations will be accepted after the deadline. All registrations must be postmarked by the announced registration deadline.

All registration information will be available here by late summer 2020.


  • All current Lay Servants should have submitted their annual report to their 2020 Charge Conference.
  • Anyone seeking to become a Lay Servant must submit his/her application to his/her pastor to be approved by the Charge Conference or Church Council. All reports and applications must be signed by the pastor and by the District Superintendent. The Lay Servant annual report and application is available online on the Greenwood District web page (http://www.umcsc.net/greenwood/home/).
  • If you have not taken a class in 3 years or more, you are no longer a certified Lay Servant.
  • You must attend the entire Lay Servant School to receive credit for the course you select to take.
  • You must sign the attendance register at both sessions to receive credit for the course you select to take.


2019 Fall Lay Servant Ministry School

The Fall School is set for October 20 & 27 at Broad St. UMC in Clinton. All details, including the courses to be offered and the registration form, are available on this web page under the link for Lay Servant Ministries.

Registration deadline is October 11. All registration forms must be postmarked by October 11. No registrations will be accepted after the October 11 deadline. No registrations will be accepted at the door.

Lay Ministries Luncheon at Annual Conference

Deadline for reservations is May 19. To make reservations go to the Conference web page: www.umcsc.org and click on the link for Annual Conference 2019. From there click on the meal ticket and then click on the link to order your meals. From there you can select to order tickets for the Lay Servant Ministries Luncheon.