Archive for April, 2015

Lay Servant Training May 16

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Lay    Servant   Training

A day of empowering and experiencing


Local Church/Certified Lay Servants (formerly Local Church/Certified Lay Speakers)


Other disciples exploring & responding to God’s call on their life (i.e., you don’t have to be a Lay Servant to attend)

 Saturday, May 16, 2015

Kingswood UMC

4801 S. Austin St.

Amarillo, TX

 Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Classes start at 9:00 a.m.

 Basic $25                 Advanced $15



This course is foundational for all courses in Lay Servant Ministries. Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and 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 their discipleship.


CHOOSE 1 for A.M. and 1 for P.M.

 Participants of advanced courses should purchase applicable books and read the material before class. All of the books are available from Cokesbury,

 Dancing with Words by Ray Buckley. Participants in the course will learn what constitutes a good story, discover storytelling styles, learn the techniques of effective storytelling, and practice creating stories from their experiences. (Participant book – Cokesbury # DR407-978-0-88177-407-8)

Afire with God by Betsy Schwarzentraub. This course helps participants develop a holistic understanding of stewardship. (Participant book -Cokesbury # DR520-978-0-88177-520-4)

Start Here by Barbara Bruce. This course is designed to help provide a basic understanding of the ways in which adults learn and grow. (Participant book – Cokesbury # DR303-978-0-88177-303-3)

Living Our United Methodist Beliefs by Kenneth Carder. This course will explore the special gifts of theology, witness, and organization that The United Methodist Church brings to the church universal, how we got where we are today, and how our distinctive emphases are still needed in the 21st – century church. (Participant book – Cokesbury # DR571-978-0-88177-571-6)


Shawn Stroud is a Certified Lay Servant, the Amarillo District Lay Servant Coordinator, a High School Sunday School Class Teacher, and co-leader of Youth with his wife, Melissa. He has been Lay Leader at Wesley UMC, Borger, for over ten years.

Nancy Biffle is a Certified Lay Servant and member of Polk St UMC with her husband, George, who is the director of music ministries. Nancy has taught classes for Lay Servant Ministries, substituted for pastors and been a speaker for UMW Sundays and women’s retreats.

Karl Smith is a Certified Lay Minister and member of Kingswood UMC, with his wife Judy, a member of the staff. During Karl’s 20 years as a Certified Lay Speaker and stint as District Lay Servant Coordinator he has coordinated workshops and taught classes.

Mark Pittman has taught stewardship classes for Lay Servant Ministries and served as the treasurer of the NWTX Conference. He currently serves on the Path One Committee of the NWTX Conference. Mark and his wife, Francie, a retired Diaconal Minister, are members of First UMC of Canyon.


  • All laity interested in developing leadership skills for sharing their faith. This is interactive training. Come prepared to participate!
  • All those willing to expand their borders.

All Lay Servants MUST complete a course every three (3) years to maintain your status (local or certified) as a Lay Servant. BoD 267.3, BoD 268.3d


Basic Course $25                       Advanced Course $15

Registration fee includes morning refreshments, lunch, snacks, drinks, and handouts. The book for the Basic Course is also provided. Advanced Course books MUST be purchased individually by the participant and READ BEFORE COMING TO CLASS.

RSVP BY May 11, 2015


Shawn Stroud

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