Lay Servant Ministry

ADOX Lay Servant Ministries March 2017

The Spring Session of the 2017 Lay Servant Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for three weeks during the month of March (7, 9, 14, 16, 21, and 23). The classes will be held from 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM at Columbia United Methodist Church, 2067 Columbia Dr, Decatur, GA 30032 and includes a Basic and two advanced class. The dedication service for this session will be held on Thursday, March 23rd at 7:30 PM Please share this information with anyone who may be interested.

Course descriptions:

Lay Servant BASIC Course (Lay leaders are urged to take this class) ¶ 251f of the 2016 Book of Discipline states “The lay leader is urged to become a certified lay servant.” This class 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.

Teach Adults (This class is replacing the previously scheduled “God’s Mission…Our Journey” which will be offered at a later date) It's hard to know which is more intimidating: a roomful of wiggling pre-schoolers or know-all adults. "Adult students come with their own agendas and will connect learning to what's going on in their lives," writes Bruce. "They learn what they want to learn." Both facts present challenge and great opportunity to teachers, according to Bruce. "Adults are eager to learn and are searching for meaning, but we must break through their initial reluctance to encourage them to think, question, and make connections." Based on some of the latest theories about faith development and learning, Start Here offers practical, down-to-earth strategies designed for teaching adults. Whether you're a Sunday school teacher, a Bible study teacher or a teacher in another setting, you'll find instruction in creating environments where adults grow in faith through your guidance.

Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts This course helps participants understand spiritual gifts and how the church can use them to fulfill its mission and ministry. Participants will also learn what it is to be a spiritual leader and will be equipped to lead others in exploring and using their spiritual gifts. (Required for Certified Lay Speaker)

Important: Please register by March 1 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 or 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 (Please include the class your are taking in the Memo field. For example: Memo: Spiritual Gifts).

Feel free to contact me directly at if you have questions or need additional information or assistance. We look forward to seeing you there!
District Director of Lay Servant Ministries