Central East Lay Servant Ministries


Online 2021 Spring Classes


All classes are in person with the exception of the Basic class instructor Mary Anne Brannon contact Ollie Manley.

Cost: $42.00 per class. Fee does not include book. Books are available at Cokesbury, Upper Room Books, Amazon or any vendor where it can be found. Must be paid for with credit or debit card. Titles in Bold are advanced classes. Basic requires pastor's approval. Basic is the pre-requisite for all Advanced classes.

Must attend or complete all sessions to receive credit for the course.

Classes offered by Zoom require downloading the zoom app and require a tablet or computer.  You must attend and participate in all 3 zoom sessions for 6 hours and complete the 4 hours of interactive and guided assignments for 4 hours to receive credit for the course. CLASSES are not restricted to any district, pick the time that works for you. You must register and pay on-line.  Click here to register and pay.

If you have any questions please contact Harriet Fairley, District Director of Lay Servant Ministries. Email is district3lsm@gmail.com


Discover Your Spiritual Gifts

Student Book: Each One A Minister by William J. Carter

Instructor: Rev. Jairo Gay, ministerjairog@aol.com

Sept. 11, 18, 25, and Oct. 2; 9:00 am – Noon (Saturdays)

In Person: Louise United Methodist Church, 1189 Hines Rd, LaGrange, Georgia 30241


Leading Worship

Student Book: Worshiping with United Methodists by Hoyt Hickman

Instructor: Rev. Joan Kinrade, Joan.kinrade@ngumc.net

Sept. 11, 18, 25, and Oct. 2; 9 am – noon (Saturdays)

In Person: Sunny Side United Methodist Church, 5084 Old Atlanta Rd, Sunny Side, Georgia 30284


Basic * Requires pastor's approval

Saturday Oct. 9, 16, 23 10:00 am 12:00 pm (Saturdays)

Instructor Mary Anne Brannon

deadline for registration is Oct. 7

Book is Lay Servant Basic Course Sandy and Brian Jackson*

For more information contact Ollie Manley at olmanley48@gmail.com                  


Basic * Requires pastor’s approval

Student Book: Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course Participants Book by Sandy Jackson with Brian Jackson

Instructor: Rev. Jan Sherwood, jan.sherwood@ngumc.net

Oct. 9, 16, 23; 9:00 am – 12:30 pm (Saturdays)

In Person: Milner United Methodist Church, 174 Main Street, Milner, Georgia 30257


United Methodist Heritage

Student Book: Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Kenneth L. Carder

Instructor: Rev. Woody Roberts, woodir50@yahoo.com

Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30; 9:00 am – Noon (Saturdays)

In Person: Barnesville First United Methodist Church, 375 Thomaston Road, Barnesville, Georgia 30204


Called to Preach

Student Book: From Pew to Pulpit by Clifton F. Guthrie

Instructor: Rev. Dr. Cyndi McDonald, Cyndi.Mcdonald@ngumc.net

Rev. Charley Reeb will be the guest lecturer on October 16. He is the editor of the 2022 Abingdon Preaching Annual and the author of several books including That'll Preach! 5 Simple Steps to Your Best Sermon Ever (Abingdon Press).

Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30; 9:00 am – Noon (Saturdays)

In Person: Barnesville First United Methodist Church, 375 Thomaston Road, Barnesville, Georgia 30204