Southern District Lay Academy

Below you’ll find a listing of the courses being offered from the Southern District Lay Servant Ministry team. While the classes are designed for lay members clergy are welcome to attend and participate. Not only that WE WELCOME anyone regardless of district, conference, or even denomination to participate in our classes! For those interested in offerings around the WV UMC Annual Conference see the summary below!

To learn more about spiritual leaders in the West Virginia United Methodist Church follow this link. To learn more about the different ways laity can be credentialed click here. If you are interested in taking steps towards credentialed ministry as lay person or clergy schedule a time to talk with your pastor. You can also always connect with the Southern District Superintendent Chip Bennett (phone: 304-252-7985 or email: southerndistrict@wvumc.org)

Spiritual GiftsSaturday, April 20, 2024

Heather Fulton, Certified Lay Speaker, Leader
Registration due April 7, 2024
Contact Heather Fulton: hdpyoda@yahoo.com
(Pre-session reading required)
Continuing for 2024! Every person who completes a lay servant course will earn $20 towards their church’s apportionments! So, make a plan, bring a friend, complete a course and help support your church’s goal of paying 100% of it’s apportionments!
Register here>> https://wvumc-reg.brtapp.com/INPERSONSpiritualgifts

The Basic Course: UMT 101 – ZOOMBegins April 23, 2024

The Basic Course: UMT 101 – Gary Hartsog, Certified Lay Speaker

Five (5) Tues evenings – April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21 – 6:30-8:30 pm

Register Here>>  https://wvumc-reg.brtapp.com/BasicCourseUMT101ZOOM

Public Prayer and Spiritual GiftsSaturday, April 27, 2024

Public Prayer – Eva Hensley Faulkner, CLM
Spiritual Gifts – Rev. Michael Rexroad
(Pre-session reading required)
Continuing for 2024! Every person who completes a lay servant course will earn $20 towards their church’s apportionments! So, make a plan, bring a friend, complete a course and help support your church’s goal of paying 100% of its apportionments!
Register here>> https://wvumc-reg.brtapp.com/INPERSONPublicPrayerSpiritualGifts

Let’s Preach and Teaching Biblical Faith: Leading Small Group Bible StudiesSaturday, June 22, 2024

Let’s Preach – Rev. Scott Mayberry & Rev. Rick Crawford
Teaching Biblical Faith: Leading Small Group Bible Studies – Paul Clay
(Pre-session reading required)
Continuing for 2024! Every person who completes a lay servant course will earn $20 towards their church’s apportionments! So, make a plan, bring a friend, complete a course and help support your church’s goal of paying 100% of its apportionments!
Register here>> https://wvumc-reg.brtapp.com/INPERSONLetsPreachTeachingBiblicalFaith

Sacraments in the UM Church and Writing DevotionsSaturday, August 17, 2024

Sacraments in the UM Church – Rev. Kelly Martin
Writing Devotions – Audrey Stanton-Smith
(Pre-session reading required)
Continuing for 2024! Every person who completes a lay servant course will earn $20 towards their church’s apportionments! So, make a plan, bring a friend, complete a course and help support your church’s goal of paying 100% of its apportionments!
Register Here>> https://wvumc-reg.brtapp.com/INPERSONSacramentsWritingDevotions

Leading Worship – ZOOM – Begins Thursday, October 3, 2024

Leading Worship – Rev. Betsy Evans

Six (6) Thursday Evenings – 6:30 – 8:00pm – Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, Nov. 7, 14.

Continuing for 2024! Every person who completes a lay servant course will earn $20 towards their church’s apportionments! So, make a plan, bring a friend, complete a course and help support your church’s goal of paying 100% of its apportionments!

Register Here>>  https://wvumc-reg.brtapp.com/LeadingWorshipZOOM

Living Our UM Beliefs and Local Church Communications – Saturday, December 7, 2024

Living Our UM Beliefs – Rev. Don Stilgenbauer
Local Church Communications – Bryan Beaty, Conference Director of Communications
(pre-session reading required)
Continuing for 2024! Every person who completes a lay servant course will earn $20 towards their church’s apportionments! So, make a plan, bring a friend, complete a course and help support your church’s goal of paying 100% of its apportionments!
Register Here>> https://wvumc-reg.brtapp.com/INPERSONLivingUMBeliefsLocalChurchComm


Interested in participating in the classes other districts are offering? Check them out below!

WV UMC Lay Academies

See below for a printable registration form and class listing.