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:

LET’S PREACH with Rev Nathan Epling. The class will be held on Thursdays from 6-8:30pm on ZOOM begining on September 22nd and ending on October 27th. Register Here

SACRAMENTS IN THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH with Rev Tom McDowell. The class will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30pm on ZOOM beginning on September 27th and ending on October 25th.  Register Here

BASIC: UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 101 – INTRODUCTORY COURSE with Gary Hartsog.  The class will be held on Tuesdays from 7-9pm on ZOOM beginning on October 18th and ending on November 15th. Register Here

IN PERSON: PRAYER WORKSHOP with the Conference Spiritual Formation Team.  The event will be held at United Methodist Temple on Friday November 4th 6-9pm and will meet again 8:30am-3:30pm on Saturday November 5th.  The cost of the event is $25 (scholarships are available).  Register Here

IN PERSON: CLAYPOOL UMC (LEADING WORSHIP AND BASIC) The in person classes will include both “Leading Worship” and Basic: UMC 101″  The event will be held at Claypool UMC in Davin on Friday December 9th 5:30-9pm and will meet again 8:30am-3:30pm on Saturday December 10th.  The cost of the event is $25 (with scholarships available).  Register Here

See below for a printable registration form and class listing.