Lay Servant Ministry Training

Lay Servant Training Opportunities – August 2021

The Memphis and Tennessee Conferences have joined together to offer Basic and Advanced Lay Servant Training.  These courses will be offered via zoom and are available to our laity from both sides of the river!  We also encourage and welcome our Supply Pastors to join in this training. We are expanding our class sizes in order to accommodate as many students as possible.  To register, please contact the persons listed in the course descriptions below.  The following courses are being offered by several districts, but are open to everyone from the East and the West!

Course: Basic Course Lay Servant Ministries
Dates and time:  August 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 6:00 p.m. via ZOOM.
Books: Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course by Sandy Jackson, Brian Jackson
To register, contact:  OR call Sandy at 931-363-8981

Course: Basic Course in Lay Servant Ministries
Dates:  August 7, 14, 21, and 28 (all class meetings required) Via Zoom.
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Instructor: Rev. Jodi McBryant
Book: Lay Servant Ministries by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson
To register, contact: Bruce Myers Cell 931-206-2562

Advanced Courses:

Course: Discover Your Spiritual Gifts
Dates:   August 7, 14, 21, and 28 (all class meetings required) Via Zoom
Time: 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Instructor: Rev. Joel Nulty
Book: Each One a Minister by William J. Carter, Your Spiritual Gifts Inventory by Charles V. Bryant.
To register, contact: Bruce Myers Cell 931-206-2562

Course: Transforming Evangelism
Dates: August 21, 2021, 8:30-5:30.   IN PERSON at Columbia First UMC.  Enjoy a walk to historic downtown Columbia for lunch on your own mid-day
Book: Transforming Evangelism-The Wesleyan Way of Sharing Faith By Henry H. Knight III.
Order the book here:
To register: OR call Sandy at 931-363-8981 to register.

Course: Dancing with Words (storytelling)
Dates: August 14, August 28. 8:00-12:00.  HYBRID= Attend via ZOOM or attend in person at Bon Aqua UMC. This is a 2 Saturday class, and you must attend both classes
Book: Dancing with Words-Storytelling as Legacy, Culture, and Faith by Ray Buckley.
Order the book here:
To register: OR call Sandy at 931-363-8981.

Course: Preaching
Dates:   August 8, 15, 22, and 29 (all class meetings required)
Time: 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Instructor: Rev. Sonnye Dixon
Books: From Pew to Pulpit by Clifton F. Guthrie
To register, contact: Bruce Myers Cell 931-206-2562

Course: Advanced Lay Servant Classes 
Date/Time: August 2nd, 9th, and 16th Classes will be by Zoom from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Instructor: Susan Davidson will lead the classes using the book, Faith Sharing by Eddie Fox. To register and to receive the Zoom login and all other class details, contact Susan by email at This would also be a good time if you need classes for recertification which are required every 3 years. (Cost $15 plus cost of book)

This page is updated frequently with new course offerings.