Catawba Valley Lay Servant Courses Fall 2019

Catawba Valley Lay Servant Training will be offered on Sunday afternoons: September 8, 15, 22, and 29.

3:00 – 5:30 pm
First UMC
200 N King Street, Morganton, NC

Each course listed below consists of four Sunday afternoon class meetings. Attendance will be required all four days in order to complete the 10 hours needed for certification.

Cost for each Lay Speaking course is $25 per student.


You may pay online or mail a check. If paying by check, make checks payable to Catawba Valley District WNCCUMC.  Designate your check for “Lay Servant Training” and include the name of the student(s).  Mail your payment to be received in the District Office by September 1, 2019, to:


Jana Alexander

CV District Office
166 East Main Avenue
Gastonia, NC 28052

Deadline for Registration is September 1, 2019.  All checks must be received in our office by September 1.



A Contact Name (with email address) is required for all registrations. If you are registering a group of people, and are also taking a course, BE SURE TO LIST YOURSELF AS A PARTICIPANT BELOW.

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Courses Offered:


Basic Lay Servant Training

This basic course is the first course that must be completed by each Lay Servant. This 4-week course serves as the prerequisite for all Advanced Level Lay Servant courses.

Instructors: Dr. Stephen Pickard

Text: "Lay Servant Ministries", by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson

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.


Preaching: Back to the Basics

** This is an advanced course. Prerequisite: Basic Lay Servant Class ** 

Instructor: Rev. Teresa Blanton

Text: "From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon" by Tony Franks and David Carroll

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.


Leading Bible Study

** This is an advanced course. Prerequisite: Basic Lay Servant Class ** 

Instructors: Dick Strachan and Jesse Caldwell

Text: "Biblical Interpretation: A Roadmap", by Sharon H. Ringe

This course opens a new world for many lay servants who have not had professional training in biblical interpretation. It reminds us as United Methodists that Bible study and biblical interpretation are a core part of our spiritual journey.


The Art of Prayer

** This is an advanced course. Prerequisite: Basic Lay Servant Class ** 

Instructor: Rev. Juston Smith

Text: "Shaping the Prayers of the People: The Art of Intercession", by Samuel Wells

Prayer is something we learn; it is something that can be taught. For many, however, the only teaching about prayer they ever receive is modeled in Sunday worship. This course may challenge some of your assumptions, test some of your preconceived ideas, stretch your thinking, and enrich your prayer life. It will, at the very least, present you with an opportunity to grow in the discipline of prayer.


Lay Servants Lead in Conflict Resolution

** This is an advanced course. Prerequisite: Basic Lay Servant Class ** 

Instructor: Pete Ross

Text: "The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation", by Thomas Porter

Every church deals with conflict, both healthy and unhealthy, and lay servants can be equipped and empowered to help lead through those times of conflict as a time of transformation.



Choose one course below. Each course meets 4 weeks (2.5 hrs per week). Attendance is required at all 4 sessions in order to receive credit for the course.

*Course Selection

Choose your course below.  If you are registering a group of people, click the checkbox below to make separate selections for each person.  Otherwise, all persons will be registered for the same class.

The registration fee includes the cost of your text book, which will be provided on the first day of class.

Basic Lay Servant Course ($25) 16 available
Preaching: Back to the Basics ($25) 29 available
Leading Bible Study ($25) 21 available
Art of Prayer ($25) 24 available
Conflict Resolution ($25) 29 available
Basic Lay Servant Course: There are only 16 available
Preaching: Back to the Basics: There are only 29 available
Leading Bible Study: There are only 21 available
Art of Prayer: There are only 24 available
Conflict Resolution: There are only 29 available
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