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Lay Servant Academy (2018)

When: Starts at 6:30 pm on August 17, 2018 to August 18, 2018
Location: Mayfield First United Methodist Church, 214 S. 8th St. Mayfield, Kentucky 42066

The Purchase District is offering two (2) Advanced Lay Servant Ministry courses all in a 2-day Lay Servant Academy event on August 17, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. & August 18, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Participants can select one of the two offered courses to participate in.

What is a Lay Servant and why do we need them? Lay Servants are to serve the local Church or Charge in any way in which their witness or leadership and service inspires the laity to deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship. This includes the interpretation of scriptures, doctrine, organization, and ministries of the church.

Advanced courses equip the Local Lay Servant for service in many facets of lay ministry and congregational leadership. Completion of one Advanced Course after the Basic Course is required to become a Certified Lay Servant. Specified Advanced Courses are required to achieve the designation of Lay Speaker. If you are interested in taking an advanced course and have not taken the basic course, contact Samantha Hall, director of resource ministries of the Purchase District of The United Methodist Church (see contact information below).


Mayfield First United Methodist Church
214 S. 8th St.
Mayfield, KY 42066 | MAP

Courses Offered

“A Look at the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church”
Taught by Mr. Andrew Halford

Mr. Halford will be using the text Justice in Everyday Life by Rev. Neal Christie, and the bestselling novel by Jodi Picoult, Small Great Things. The Purchase District will purchase the Christie book for those who have registered and paid, while participants will be required to purchase the Picoult book. It can be downloaded or purchased from your favorite bookseller. Both will need to be read before the first class meeting.

“Leading in Prayer”
Taught by Rev. Lora Jean Gowan

Rev. Gowan of Broadway United Methodist will be teaching this class. The text she will use is Let the Whole Church Say Amen! A Guide for Those who Pray in Public by Laurence Hull Stookey. Again, the district office will purchase the books and send them to those have registered and paid, and it will need to be read prior to class.


  • $15 (lunch will be provided)
  • Mail check or money order made payable to Purchase District UMC, 2285 Jack Treas Rd., Kirksey, KY 42054. (Please write “Lay Servant Course” in the Memo line.)


Materials will be sent to registrants at the time of the registration deadline and MUST be read prior to class day.

Registration Information

  • Online registration | click here
  • Contact District Director of Resource Ministries Samantha Hall
  • 270.527.8282 | shall@memphis-umc.org

The deadline to register is July 16, 2018. Participants must register by the deadline in order to allow ample time to receive and read materials prior to class.


Flyer | Letter from Samantha Hall

Want to Know More About Lay Servant Ministries?

Learn more about Lay Servant Ministries on the UMC Discipleship website.