Bi-District Lay Servant Training takes place twice yearly, once in the fall and once in the spring.

Spring 2018 Lay Servant Training Details

 Date and Time:

Friday, April 27 from 6:30-10 p.m. and Saturday, April 28 from 8 AM-5:00 p.m.*
*attendance is required both days.


Herndon United Methodist Church, 701 Bennett St, Herndon, VA 20170


$25.00 registration fee to cover lunch, snacks and supplies.
Each course also requires purchase of the training book from a separate vendor. 

Courses Offered:

Basic Course 

Introduction to Lay Ministry: The BASIC Course

This 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.
Book cost: $11.00

Advanced Courses

Preaching: From Pew to Pulpit*

This course is designed for lay leaders, pastors, student pastors who have not completed formal preaching training, pastors seeking a basic refresher course, and others who are called upon to preach in a pastor’s absence.  Helpful experiential guide includes: types of sermons, from exegetical to topical to children’s sermons; finding the story and using the hymnal; reading the Bible aloud; communication on paper and moving beyond the paper; and presentation and practice.  Homework prior to class – Write a 5-minute sermon on one of the 10 Commandments using Exodus. When you sign up you will pick which one.  Class limit to 10.  If paying by check please sign up and follow directs on mailing in. From Pew to Pulpit by Clifton F. Guthrie, 978-0-68706-660-5, $10.79.    

Leader: Rev. Beth LaBella-Foster
*Only 10 spots available for this class

Heritage-Transforming Evangelism – The Wesleyan Way of Sharing Faith

 This course leads participants to learn the practice of relational evangelism from John Wesley. Discover that evangelism involves not only sharing our faith with others but also welcoming people into a community where they can continue to grow in faith. We understand if you find the term “evangelism” troubling: our own fear of telling our story, experiences of aggressive and confrontational tactics, and other obstacles block the way of our wanting to be share our personal witness with others. Come explore evangelism from a connectional and communal perspective that will help you understand evangelism as relational and transformational, assisting you in spiritual practices to feed the growing hunger in our churches for good news. Transforming Evangelism by Henry H. Knight, III and F. Douglas Powe, Jr., DR485, 978-0-88177-485-6, $14.00

Leader:  Certified Lay Speaker, Martha Stokes

Leadership:  Lay Servants as Christian Transformational Leaders

This course will guide lay servants seeking to be more empowered to lead their congregations toward vitality.  Great course for Lay Leaders, Committee Chairs and members and Church Leadership.  The journey of Christian transformational leaders begins with the story of Christian Servanthood.  Jesus tells the story of servanthood in each of the four gospels as he witnesses to the purpose of his life and ministry.  The servant-leader is servant first….It begins with the natural feeling one wants to serve, to serve first.  Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.  That person is sharply different from one who is leader first.  (Robert K Greenleaf, “The Servant as Leader”  All are welcome. Lay Servants as Christian Transformational Leaders, Marc Brown, Kathy Herry, John Briggs, DR881, 978-08817-7881-6, $18.00. 

Leader: Certified Lay Speaker: Laura Harris-Chwastyk.



Certified Lay Speakers

Those led to become a Certified lay Speaker and has completed all the required courses and are in need of being evaluated, and anyone who is in need of recertification, there will be an opportunity to give your 10 – 15 minute sermon on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.   To register for one of these spots, please REGISTER and select the Lay Speaker Certification option.


Questions?  Vicki Poindexter, , or call 703-295-0603     

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