The Greenwood District 2019 Spring Lay Servant Ministry School is set for March 24 and 31 at St. Mark UMC, 550 Hwy. 72 Bypass NW, Greenwood, 29649. Sign-in will begin at 2:00 p.m., and the sessions will end at 7:30 p.m. A light meal will be served.
Courses to be offered include:
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 should register for this course. The cost is $33 which includes the book. Rev. Mike Evans, instructor. (A Basic refresher course will be offered this summer.)
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. Ms. Myra Taylor, instructor
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. Mr. Ray McCoy, instructor Pre-Class Work: Prior to Session 1 (March 24): Please read Chapters 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Prior to Session 2 (March 31): Please read chapter 3 and the conclusion on pages 169-174
Lay Servant and Lay Leader: What Is My Role? This course is for all-laity and ministers-and does not require a pre-requisite. This course is designed to help laity know what their role is and how to work with the pastor as well as other laity in the church. Registration fee is $36 which covers all course-related materials. Mr. David Salter, instructor
Registration deadline is March 19, 2019. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE TAKEN AT THE DOOR. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE DEADLINE. Download the Registration Form and other information:
New for the 2019 Spring School: Les Heaton Scholarship to honor the former Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries. Click here to download a copy of the application. Return to the Greenwood District Office, PO Box 49968, Greenwood SC 29649, as soon as possible.
All current Lay Servants should have submitted their annual report to their 2018 Charge Conference. If you did not submit your annual report to the Charge Conference and had it signed by the pastor and District Superintendent, you are no longer a certified Lay Servant.
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 (March 24 and 31) 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.
The 2017 Fall Lay Servant Ministry School is set for October 15 and 22, 2:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., at Mathews UMC, 800 Wright Ave., Greenwood, SC. You must attend both sessions to receive credit for your selected course.
A light meal will be served each evening.
Course offered are:
Basic course. This is a pre-requisite for the advanced courses necessary to become a certified lay servant. Cost is $33 which includes the course book.
Faith-Sharing: Get Out and Speak Up: This course is for anyone, laity and ministers, and does not require the Basic Course as a pre-requisite. This course will teach you how to lead in connecting with the community and sharing the Gospel and is highly recommended for those interested in sharing their faith. Registration fee is $36 which covers all course-related materials.
All participants in the Fall 2017 Lay Servant Ministry School are asked to bring new, or gently used, shoes in a box or bag. These donations will be used to provide fresh water wells in Kenya. You may bring men’s, women’s, or children’s shoes.
How Lay Leaders and Lay Servants Can Become More Effective in the Local Church: This course is new this year; it does not count as one of the courses needed for certification as a Lay Servant. Cost is $26 which includes materials for the class.