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
Central Lay Pastoral Care Giving 8/19/17, 9 am - 4 pm
8/20/17, 2 pm - 5 pm
Line Street UMC
Hillsboro, TX
Brenda Speer $20
South Afire with God Wed. nights, 6:15 - 7:15 pm
9/6/17 - 12/5/17
First UMC
Temple, TX
Sandra Oliver  
South You Can Preach! 9/9/17, 9 am - 5 pm
9/10/17, 2 pm - 5 pm
First UMC
Temple, TX
Tom Lathen & Wayne Roark  
South Lay Pastoral Care Giving 9/16/17, TBD
9/23/17, TBD
First UMC
Killeen, TX
Johnel Louie  
East Discover your Spiritual Gifts 9/23/17, 9 am - 1 pm
9/30/17, 9 am - 3:30 pm
Epworth UMC
Arlington, TX
Chris Buse $15
South Basic Course 11/11/17, 9:30 am - 3 pm
12/9/17, 9:30 am - 3 pm
Pidcoke UMC
Gatesville, TX
Bill Johnson  
South Basic Course 11/5/17, 3 - 5 pm
11/12/17, 3 - 5 pm
11/19/17, 3 - 5 pm
11/29/17, 3 - 5 pm
12/3/17, 3 - 5 pm
First UMC
Nolanville, TX
Bill Johnson  


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 IFD351: Leading Public Prayer 8/21/17-9/1/17 John Zimmerman $70
Online IFD280: Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (heritage) 8/28/17-9/16/17 Beth Galbreath $70
Online IFD297: Come to the Waters 8/28/17-9/9/17 Beth Galbreath $65
Online IFD295: Come to the Table 9/11/17-9/24/17 Beth Galbreath $65
Online IFD291: Biblical Storytelling I 9/11/17-9/24/17 Beth Galbreath $65
Online IFD166: Teach Adults 9/11/17-9/22/17 Beth Perry $65
Online IFD298: Life Together in the UM Connection (polity) 9/18/17-10/6/17 Beth Galbreath $70
Online IFD165: Rediscovering our Spiritual Gifts 9/25/17-10/6/17 Beth Perry $70
Online IFD282: Children of Abraham 10/9/17-11/2/17 Beth Galbreath $50
Online IFD353: Afire with God (stewardship) 10/16/17-10/27/17 John Zimmerman $70
Online IFD385: Your Ministry of Leading Worship 11/6/17-12/8/17 Daniel Benedict $85