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Lay Servant Ministry

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 Lay Servant Ministry class participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership and remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices. Lay Servant Ministry classes help us to journey through intentional discipleship.

Classes are $20.00 each, which includes lunch. Books will need to be purchased separately. You are responsible for your own lodging.



Friday, November 15th, 9am-5pm

Introduction to Lay Ministry: The BASIC Course

Teacher: Karen Anderson

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.

God’s Mission…Our Journey

Teacher: Lindsey Russell

In this class we will explore and develop a Biblical theology of missions, learn about the history of Christian missions and where we are today, as well as learn some practical tools and habits you may use as you both participate and lead short term mission trips and opportunities within your congregations.   

Saturday, November 16th, 9am-5pm


Teacher: Matthew Johnson

Moving beyond the basics of public speaking and the foundations necessary for preparing an engaging sermon, this course also includes types of sermons – from exegetical to topical to children’s sermons – as well as how to find a story, use the hymnal, and how to move from communication on paper to beyond the paper.

United Methodist Polity

Teacher: George Rhoads

This course offers a fresh understanding of United Methodist beliefs, mission, practice, and organization, as well as discussion around the current state of the United Methodist Church.

Transforming Evangelism

Teacher: Carole Baker & Lindsey Russell

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.


Check-In 8:00am-8:45am

AM Session 9:00am-12:00pm

Lunch 12:00pm-1:00pm

PM Session 1:00pm-5:00pm


Click on the Class Title above to be linked to the homework.


  1. Fill out the Form below and click SUBMIT.

  2. Pay for the class by:

    a. Pay online- Click the DONATE BUTTON

    b. Bring payment to the Central UMC Office

    c. Mail a check to Central United Methodist Church, Attn: Lay Servant Ministries, 2535 W New Hope Rd., Rogers, AR 72758

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