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

Fall 2017 Lay Servant Training Details

 Date and Time:

Friday, October 27th 6-10 p.m. and Saturday, October 28th 8 AM-4:30 p.m.*
*attendance is required both days.


Fairfax United Methodist Church, 10300 Stratford Avenue, Fairfax, VA 22030


Basic Course: $20.oo Advanced Courses: $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

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.  
Text: Polity, Practice, and the Mission of the United Methodist Church by Thomas Edward Frank.  $18.99

Leading Bible Study

This course opens a new world for many lay servants who have not had professional training in biblical interpretation. It reminds us as United Methodists that Bible study and biblical interpretation are a core part of our spiritual journey.
Texts: Biblical Interpretation: A Roadmap  by Sharon Ringe and Frederick Tiffany  $18.75,  Your Bible

Aging and Ministry in the 21st Century

This is a practical guide for building ministry for older adults.
Text: Aging and Ministry in the 21st Century by Richard H. Gentzler, Jr.  $13.00



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?  Contact Rick Kotteman, Alexandria District Director of Lay Servant Ministry, at

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