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2019 Day 1 Appalachian District Lay Servant Training
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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Appalachian District Office
1710 Parkwood Drive
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

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Katie Hutton

Appalachian District Lay Servant Training 2019


The Appalachian District will be hosting the 2019 District Lay Servant Training at Wilkesboro UMC (309 West Main Street, Wilkesboro, NC 28697) on Saturday, September 7, 2019 and Saturday, September 14, 2019. *You must be able to take both days and attend the entire session each day in order to receive credit. 

Note: You must first take a Basic Course in order to take any Advanced Courses. 

If you aren't sure what you have taken in the past or you are concerned that you may need to take one this year to Continue your Lay Servant status please contact Katie Hutton at the District Office by phone- 336-667-5401 or by e-mail- KHutton@wnccumc.org.




September 7, 2019 

Check in is from 9:00AM-9:45AM

Class begins at 10:00AM and will end at 4:00PM

September 14, 2019

No check in, you will report directly to class.

Class begins at 9:00AM and will end at 3:00 PM with a closing worship at 3:15PM in the Sanctuary. 



Basic Course ($30) 24 spots available

In the Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course, you will discuss processes to help individuals discern and respond to God’s particular call on their lives. You will be encouraged to recognize and employ his or her spiritual gifts for the church to become what God intended it to be. This course invites participants to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in discipleship. It offers guidelines for optimal communication in leadership and presents numerous types of ministries in which lay servants may assume roles. Throughout the study, thoughtful questions provide excellent opportunities for individual consideration and group discussion.

Each one a Minister "Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts" (Spiritual Gifts Category) ($30) 12 spots available

This course engages the reader in discovering the meaning of church, ministry and gifts - from the early church up to the present. As a follow-up to the Bible study, readers and study groups look at ways in which Gods gifts are practical as well as spiritual. Four ministry categories, closely connected to the congregational primary task (receive, relate, equip, send), are identified. Scripture readings, activities and ways to implement specific ministries are suggested. Designed to encourage individuals to discover Gods call to ministry in their own lives, Each One a Minister leads toward practical ways of using gifts in ministries in our congregations and in our communities. An ideal resource for clergy, lay leaders, study groups and others seeking to identify and use their gifts in meaningful ways

Advanced Course: Shaping the Prayers of the People: The Art of Intercession "Public Prayer" (Leading Prayer Category) ($30) 12 spots available

This course offers a model of profound and accessible congregational prayer. At once inspirational and practical, it will empower and equip laypeople and clergy alike to offer heartfelt, informed, and appropriate prayers on behalf of the people of God. As Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher say, "Interceding in public worship is a duty. This book is intended to make it a joy."


Shaping the Prayers of the People begins by considering what public prayer is and offering practical guidelines for avoiding common pitfalls. It explores prayer as an integral part of worship and discusses the language we need (and don't need) to address God. Significantly, the book also provides an array of example prayers along with commentary.

Advanced Course: From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon (Preaching Category) ($30) 12 spots available

Moving beyond the basics of public speaking and the foundations necessary for preparing an engaging sermon, this course also includes types of sermons – from exegetical to topical to children’s sermons – as well as how to find a story, use the hymnal, and how to move from communication on paper to beyond the paper.

Advanced Course: Polity, Practice, and the Mission of the United Methodist Church "Life Together in the United Methodist Connection" (Polity Category) ($30)12 spots available

"Commissioned by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry for use in United Methodist doctrine/polity/history courses."   This class is an in-depth analysis of the connection between United Methodist polity and theology addresses ways in which historical developments have shaped--and continue to shape--the organization of the church.
This revised edition incorporates the actions of The United Methodist General Conference, 2004. The book discusses continuing reforms of the church's plan for baptism and church membership, as well as the emergence of deacon's orders and other changes to ordained ministry procedures. The text is now cross-referenced to the Book of Discipline, 2004, including the revised order of disciplinary chapters and paragraph numbering. Denominational statistics are updated, along with references to recent works on The United Methodist Church and American religious life.

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