Lay Servant Ministries

Lay Servant Ministries (LSM) courses offer a variety of training opportunities and support for laity (the people of Christ) as you minister through caring, preaching, witnessing, leading, serving others and interpreting our United Methodist heritage. Though most of these courses fulfill some aspect of a certification track, they are open to any adult who would like to participate.

Upcoming LSM Classes

Please see the list below of available courses, times, locations and instructors. Course titles in red count toward pulpit supply certification.

District Course Dates & Times Location Instructor Cost
East BASIC Course 3/24/18, 9 am - 1 pm
3/31/18, 9 am - 3:30 pm
St Matthew UMC
Fort Worth, TX
Karen Goodwin $15
South You Can Preach 4/28/18, 9 am - 4 pm
4/29/18, 2-5 pm
Good News UMC
Leander, TX
TBD Register


Requirements: Preregistration is required for all classes. To do so, please email the instructor (click on his or her name) or the district director. Each course includes ten hours of class time as well as outside reading. For credit toward certification, participants must attend the entire course and complete all work. Please bring a Bible, pen and notebook. For your convenience, you may participate in courses outside your home district--just make sure to share the course details with your home district director.
Contact your district director of Lay Servant Ministries for more information about the classes or to preregister.
District Directors of Lay Servant Ministries
Central: Larry Ketcham (
East: Chris Buse (
North: Mariney Shackelford (
South: Barbara Foster ( and Bill Johnson (
West: Bonita Horton (


Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries

Pam Phinney (

 Courses Available Online
For ease of access, several courses approved by Discipleship Ministries are available in an online-only format through, a program of Southwestern College in Kansas.


Format Advanced Course Dates Instructor Cost
Online IFD167: Leading Bible Study 2/12/18-2/23/18 Beth Perry $65
Online IFD282: Children of Abraham 2/15/18-3/24/18 Beth Galbreath $50
Online IFD295: Come to the Table 2/19/18-3/4/18 Beth Galbreath $65
Online IFD165: Rediscovering our Spiritual Gifts 2/26/18-3/9/18 Beth Perry $70
Online IFD298: Life Together in the UM Connection (polity) 2/26/18-3/17/18 Beth Galbreath $70
Online IFD297: Come to the Waters 3/5/18-3/16/18 Beth Galbreath $65
Online IFD291: Biblical Storytelling I 4/2/18-4/14/18 Beth Galbreath $65
Online IFD292: Biblical Storytelling II 4/16/18-5/5/18 Beth Galbreath $80