Lay Servant Ministry



The Fall Session of the 2016 Lay Servant Classes will be held on Saturdays, for four weeks during the month of September (10, 17 and 24 ) and October (1st). The classes will be held from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM at Glen Haven United Methodist Church, 4862 Glenwood Drive, Decatur, GA 30035 and include a Basic and two advanced classes. The dedication service for this session will be held on Saturday, October 1st at 11:30 AM Please share this information with anyone who may be interested.

Course descriptions:

Lay Servant BASIC Course - requires a letter of recommendation from the pastor. This course is the foundation for all the other texts in the Learning and Leading series for lay servants. In this course, students are encouraged to recognize and employ personal spiritual gifts for the church in order to use them as God fully intended. Participants are invited 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 best practices as a church leader and outlines a number of ministries in which you as lay servants may assume roles.

Leading  Prayer

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.  As a Lay Speaker/Servant/Leader you may find yourself the one leading prayer in worship services, as well as in other settings.  It is vital then that you are knowledgeable and lead well. 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 leading prayer.  The primary objective for this course is to enable the Lay Speaker to effectively prepare and lead various prayer forms, primarily in worship settings.

Justice in Everyday Life

Justice in Everyday Life takes an in-depth look at the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church—the church's attempt to speak on contemporary issues with which it is confronted today. The book covers topics such as: natural world, social community, economic community, political community, Biblical foundations of the Social Principles, teaching the Social Principles.

Important: Please register by August 28th using one of the following ways:
1. Sending to email address: and include name, address, phone number(s), district and home church and send registration fee to Atlanta Decatur Oxford District, Attn:  Lay Servant Ministries, 1000 Main Street, Suite C, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
2. Mail all of the information above along with your registration fee to Atlanta Decatur Oxford District, Attn:  Lay Servant Ministries, 1000 Main Street, Suite C, Stone Mountain, GA  30083
Cost: $40.00  Note:  Please make all checks payable in the amount of $40.00 per participant to ADOX District (Memo: Lay Servant class).

Feel free to contact me directly at if you have questions or need additional information or assistance. We look forward to seeing you there!

Debbie Constable