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Athens-Elberton District Lay Servant Classes and Information

Learning and Leading

God is calling each of us to be witnesses who proclaim the presence and power of God through all that we are and all that we do.  Is God calling you to a new way of service?  A Lay Servant is… an active. supportive, eager to serve member of the church; Well-informed on Scripture, and on the doctrine, heritage, organization, and life of the United Methodist Church; Committed to witnessing through church and community leadership, care-giving ministries, and spoken communications; Willing to improve his/her skills by training for service.

January 2018 Classes and Information:  

Cost: $40.00 per course. Registration deadline:  Two weeks prior to first class

Click here for registration form:registration-form-for-lay-servant-classes-athens-elberton-district-1 or Mail Completed Applications & check payable to “Athens-Elberton District” to:

 Kay Haugen, ATHN Director of Lay Servant Ministries
131 Ridgewood Lane
Jefferson, GA 30549

Questions? Email Kay Haugen at -


Introduction to Lay Ministry: The BASIC Course
Instructor: Amanda Padovano

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.  Lay servant ministries’ classes are for all church leadership, not just those interested in speaking from a pulpit.  All aspects of leading, caring and communicating ministries will be explored in BASIC. Further classes can be chosen based on the specific interests of each leader. Textbook: Lay Servant Ministries by Sandy Ziegler Jackson and Brian Jackson.

Leading in Prayer
Instructor: Rev. Theresa Coleman

For many people, prayer remains a mystery, and praying in public is a test of faith left to the “professionals” of the church. This course on praying in public will help the participant grow in confidence and skill in prayer, both public and personal. This is an advanced course for all lay servants and is one of the required classes for those on the lay speaker track. Textbook: Let the Whole Church Say Amen! By Lawrence Hull Stookey.

Discover Your Spiritual Gifts
Instructor: Rev. Billy Pittman

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 means to be a spiritual leader and will be equipped to lead others in exploring and using their spiritual gifts. This is an advanced course for all lay servants and is one of the required classes for those on the lay speaker track. Textbook: Each One a Minister by William J. Carter.

Aging and Ministry in the 21st Century
Instructor: Marjorie Kilpatrick

This is a practical guide for building ministry for older adults. Ways to tap into the wisdom, energy, experience and talents of the elder members of a congregation are discussed as well as the needs of the Boomer generation, since they are now becoming the older adults who will determine the church’s path for years to come. This is an advanced lay servant class. This is the first time it has been offered in the Athens-Elberton District. Textbook: Aging and Ministry in the 21st Century: An Inquiry Approach by Richard H. Gentzler, Jr.

Saturday, January 20 and Saturday, January 27

Bethlehem FUMC
709 Christmas Avenue
Bethlehem, GA 30620