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Purchase District to offer Basic and Advanced Lay Servant Courses on August 16 & 17, 2019

Posted July 16, 2019

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When: Friday, August 16, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 17, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: TBD (based on participants)
Course Fee: $15.00 (includes Course, Book & Meals/Snacks)
Registration Deadline: Registration deadline August 5th.

What is a Lay Servant and why do we need them?
Lay Servants are to serve the local Church or Charge in any way that 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.

Course Offerings

Basic Course
Prerequisite: Recommendation of your Pastor (the church where your membership is)
The Purchase District is offering a 2-day Basic Lay Servant course on Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17, 2019. The course will run from 6:30-9:00 p.m. on Friday evening and from 8:00am-4:00pm on Saturday. This course is for those who either have never completed the Basic Lay Servant training or don’t remember if or when they completed it, and those who are interested in becoming a Lay Servant in their Church or Charge. In the Basic Course topics such as servant and spiritual leadership, caring ministries, basic communication skills, sharing your faith and leading meetings will enhance your knowledge and skill as a leader. This course is not designed to prepare you to preach. Those who have gifts for preaching may take the advanced course on preaching after this course.

Advanced Course
Leading Worship
Prerequisite: Basic Lay Servant Course
This course focuses on the ministry of the lay servant who either regularly or occasionally leads a group or congregation in worship.

Advanced Course
B. Andrew Halford, Instructor
Transforming Evangelism: The Wesleyan Way of Sharing Faith
Prerequisite: Basic Lay Servant Course
This course leads participants to learn from John Wesley how to practice relational evangelism. They will discover that evangelism involves not only sharing our faith with others but also welcoming people into a community where they can grow in faith.

Dinner, a light breakfast, and lunch will be served. Please let us know if you have special dietary needs!


To register, contact Samantha Hall at the Purchase District Office. Call: (270) 527-8282; Email: shall@memphis-umc.org; or Online: https://memphis-reg.brtapp.com/LSM2019Fall. Make checks payable to Purchase District UMC and write Lay Servant Course in the memo line. Checks and registration must be received by the August 5th deadline to allow time for participants to receive course book and have time to prepare pre-class work.


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For More Information

For more information, contact Samantha Hall, Director of Resource Ministries for the Purchase District of The United Methodist Church at (270) 527-8282 or by email at shall@memphis-umc.org.