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Tuesday, September 26, 2023
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Michele F. Sanchez Co-Director Lay Servant Ministries Committee
Cell: 516-306-4960
Email: michelefsanchez3949@gmail.com

Lay Servant Ministries

Information for Lay  Servants
2023 Zoom classes
Lay Servant Ministry is a United Methodist system for lay leadership development. The courses are designed to help UMC members develop their skills in leadership, communication, and care-giving and to discover their Spiritual Gifts.
The Basic Course is the foundation of LSM and must be taken in order to earn Certificates. Please discuss these courses with your Pastor. Our contact info is below if you have questions.
***The Application/Registration needs your Pastor’s approval.*** 
We are offering an exciting LSM Curriculum of ZOOM Courses in 2023. The schedule is below and on our LIE website .liedistrict.com/LayServantMinistries along with Course descriptions and Registration Forms.
Zoom instruction (if requested) is provided during the first 1/4 hour of each course. Please share this good news with all United Methodist members and Lay Servants! We look forward to seeing you (via Zoom!)



Saturdays: 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25. Time: 10 am to 12 Noon (2/25 - Zoom instruction at 9:45 am, if requested)

NEW!  United Methodist Polity - Pastor Ken Bohler

Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (United Methodist Polity) This course gives participants an overview of the structure and organization of The United Methodist Church. A copy of the 2016 Book of Discipline is required reference for both the online and text version of this course. Book: Polity, Practice, and the Mission of The United Methodist Church by Thomas Edward Frank • AB531 • 978-0-687-33531-2 • $18.99 


Sundays 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26

Time 5 - 7 pm (2/26 - Zoom instruction at 4:45 pm, if requested)

BASIC/Ghanaian – Pastor Prince Donkor

Book: Lay Servant Ministries by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson • DR626 • 978-0-88177-626-3 • $11.00


Time 4 - 6 pm (2/26 - Zoom instruction at 3:45 pm, if requested)

NEW! Soul Reset - Rosemarie Walker, CLS

This study is for everyone who moves at breakneck speed through their daily lives, often relying only on their own strength to bring God's kingdom on Earth. Jesus shows us a different way— spiritual practices that keep our souls hydrated and healthy as we do the work of the church in the world. Book: Soul Reset: Breakdown, Breakthrough, and the Journey to Wholeness by Junius B. Dotson. ISBN-13. 978-0835818964



Tuesdays: 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28. Time: 7 - 9 pm (2/28 - Zoom instruction at 6:45pm, if requested)


BASIC Course Pastor Akio Iyoda
Book:: Lay Servant Ministries by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson • DR626 • 978-0-88177-626-3 • $11.00


Called To Preach - Pastor Jane Kim

This course is designed for those who have not completed formal preaching training, for pastors seeking a basic refresher course, and for others who are called upon to preach in a pastor’s absence. Called to Preach is the required preaching course in the lay speaker track of study. Book: From Pew to Pulpit by Clifton F. Guthrie • AB6660 • 978-0-687-06660-5 • $15.99 (Available in Kindle, $9.99) 


Thursdays: 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30. Time: 7 - 9 pm (3/2 -Zoom instruction at 6:45 pm, if requested) 


NEW! Lay Servants as Christian Transformational Leaders - Pastor Wayne Redman

This course will guide lay servants seeking to be more empowered to lead their congregations toward vitality. Book: Lay Servants As Christian Transformational Leaders: Participant's Book by Marc Brown, Kathy Merry and John Briggs • DR881 • 978-0-88177-881-6 • $18.00 (ePub and Kindle, $9.99) 


Accountable Discipleship - Elaine Short, CLM

This course focuses on the concept of the household of God, Scripture as divine revelation, Wesleyan understandings of grace, and the importance of the class leader in the development of the Methodist movement. Book: Accountable Discipleship by Steven W. Manskar • DR339 • 978-0-88177-339-2 • $15.00 (ePub and Kindle, $9.99)


How to register:

1. Talk to your pastor to decide which class might be right for you.

2. Use this link to register for a LSM Course.  The REGISTRATION deadline is JANUARY 30th.

3. Make a donation of $20 to your local church.
4. Order your participant book no later than February 13, 2023 from Discipleship Ministries, Amazon, Cokesbury, etc.
Peace to All, 
Michele F. Sanchez, LSMC Co-Director (516) 306-4960 Email: michelefsanchez3949@gmail.com Pastor Wayne Redman, LSMC Co-Director
And online classes are always available. 
A certificate is provided on completion of an online class.

The BASIC Course is foundational for all courses in 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.  Ministry isn’t just a Clergy endeavor; all Christians are called to serve. Laity serve on the front line of evangelical living.  The Course can help Laity explore and discover their unique call in serving God, neighbor and the greater church.
Justice in Everyday Life takes an in-depth look at the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church — the church's attempt to speak on contemporary issues with which it is confronted today. The book covers topics such as the following: Natural World, Social Community, Economic Community, Political Community, Biblical Foundations of the Social Principles, and Teaching the Social Principles. It is not only for Lay Servants but is for anyone interested in studying the Social Principles in greater detail.   

Classes that were offered in 2021 (for your reference)


BASIC - Pastor Akio Iyoda. 

Called to Preach - Pastor Ken Bohler

Lay Pastoral Care Giving - Pastor Lillian Hertel   

Spiritual Gifts - Lori Janson, CLM

Justice in Everyday Life/Social Principles of The UMC - Pastor Jane Kim  

Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition - Pastor Claire Wu  

Leading Prayer - Pastor Wayne Redman   



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