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
West BASIC Course 3/2/19, 9 am - 4 pm
3/3/18, 2 - 5 pm
First UMC
Comanche, TX
Bonita Horton Book
North Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition 3/2/19, 8:30 am - 6:30 pm Edge Park UMC
Fort Worth, TX
Mariney Shackelford $20
North BASIC Course 3/16/19, 8:30 am - 6:30 pm Calvary UMC
Weatherford, TX
Mariney Shackelford $15
South BASIC Course 3/30/19-3/31/19 First UMC
Temple, TX
Bill Johnson  
South Life together in the UM Connection 3/30/19-3/31/19 First UMC
Temple, TX
Sandra Oliver & Wayne Matthews  
South Lay Pastoral Care Giving 4/13/19-4/14/19 Hutto Discovery UMC
Hutto, TX
Pam Phinney  


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. If you are pursuing certification, please remember to send a copy of your completion certificate to your district director of Lay Servant Ministries.