Spring 2018 Lay Servant Ministries School

The Spring 2018 Lay Servant Ministries School is set for March 18 and 25 at Leesville UMC, 2:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. A light supper will be served. Registration information has been mailed to all pastors and current lay servants in the Greenwood District.

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.
  • Each One A Minister (Spiritual Gifts): This is an advanced course and the Basic course is a pre-requisite. Registration fee is $23.
  • Let the Whole Church Say Amen (Prayer): This is an advanced course and the Basic course is a pre-requisite for this course. Registration fee is $23.00
  • Accountable Discipleship: This is an advanced course and the Basic course is a pre-requisite for this course. Registration fee is $23.00

Registration deadline is March 10.  NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE TAKEN AT THE DOOR. Download the Registration Form and other information:

Required Books for the Advanced Classes:

  • Each One A Minister (Spiritual Gifts class), William Carter. $9.99
  • Let the Whole Church Say Amen (Prayer class), Laurence Stookey. $13.99
  • Accountable Discipleship, Steven Manskar. $10.79

You may order from

Upper Room Ministries, 800-972-0433; online: http://bookstore.upperroom.org; mail: Upper Room/Discipleship Resources, PO Box 340012, Nashville, TN 37203-9540

Cokesbury, 800-672-1789; online: http://www.cokesbury.com; mail: 201 Eighth Avenue South, PO Box 801, Nashville, TN 37202-0801

October 2017 Newsletter Is Now Available

The October issue of the Greenwood District Newsletter is now available. Click on the image to the left to access the newsletter or to download a copy.

Items of interest include:

  • Bishop’s Day in the Greenwood District
  • October Clergy Meeting (See article about the Bishop’s Day)
  • Paying 2017 Apportionments
  • Greenwood District’s Response to Recent Hurricanes
  • October Charge Conference Schedule

2017 Fall Lay Servant Ministry School

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.
  • Leading Worship: This is an advanced course to become a certified lay servant. The Basic Course is a pre-requisite. Click here for information regarding ordering the book for this course.
  • From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon: Both the leader’s guide and the participant book by Tony Franks and David Carroll are suggested for this course. This is an advanced course; the Basic Course is a pre-requisite. Registration fee is $23.00. Click here for information regarding ordering the books for this course.
  • 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.

Click here to download a copy of the registration form. The registration deadline is October 5, 2017. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE TAKEN AT THE DOOR.

Pastors of participants are encouraged to be present for the closing worship service on Sunday, October 22, to stand with their lay servants during the commissioning service.

All current lay servants must submit an annual report to their charge conference. Click here to download a copy of this annual report. Anyone seeking to become a lay servant must be approved by his/her Church Council or Charge Conference. Click here to download a copy of the application form.

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.

September Issue of the Greenwood District Newsletter

Click on the image to the left to access or to download a copy of the September newsletter.

Items of interest include:

  • September Clergy Meeting, September 12
  • Disaster Response
  • Health Insurance Workshops in Greenwood District
  • September Charge Conference Schedule
  • Lay Servant Ministry School, October 15 & 22

2017 Lay Servant Ministry School

Lay Servant Ministries logoThe 2017 Spring Lay Servant Ministry School

March 19 & 26, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Edgefield United Methodist Church
309 Norris St.
Edgefield SC 29824

Four courses will be offered:

  • Basic Course: required of all those who wish to be certified as a Local Church Lay Servant. Cost is $33 which includes the cost of the book
  • Polity: examines the organization and practices of The United Methodist Church. Cost is $23, plus the cost of the book. (Click here to order the book for this class.)
  • Living Our Beliefs the United Methodist Way: Cost is $23, plus the cost of the book. (Click here to order the book for this class.)
  • 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.

Registration deadline is March 4.

Read the letter sent to all pastors and current Lay ServantsRegistration Form.
Download a copy of the Registration Form
Download a copy of the Book List and order information for the Advanced Courses.