Lay Servant Ministry

DOX Lay Servant Ministries

Winter 2018


The Winter Session of the 2018 Lay Servant Classes will be held on Saturdays, for three weeks during the month of January (13, 20 and 27). The classes will be held from 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM at Covington First United Methodist Church, 1113 Conyers Street SW, Covington, GA 30014 and includes a Basic and two advanced classes.  The dedication service for this session will be held on Saturday, January 27th at 1:00 PM Please share this information with anyone who may be interested.

Course descriptions:
Lay Servant BASIC Course

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.

Ministerio de Servicio Laico – Curso Básico

Esta clase requiere una carta de recomendación del pastor.

God’s Mission… Our Journey

This course will provide participants with a better understanding of a holistic approach to participation in God’s mission to the world and equip lay servants for more effective missional engagement in their communities and beyond.

Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (United Methodist Polity)

This course gives participants an overview of the structure and organization of The United Methodist Church. A copy of the 2016 Book of Discipline is required. (Required for Certified Lay Speaker)

Leading Prayer

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. (Required for Certified Lay Speaker)

Important: Please register by December 21 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,

927 North Main Street
Conyers, GA 30012

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: Polity).

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




April 2018

Columbia UMC

2067 Columbia Dr.

Decatur, GA 30032


April 7, 14, 21 - 9:00 am – 1:00pm

Basic – Carol Standard, Salem UMC

Life Together in the United Methodist Connection – Rev. Eric L. Powell, Dodd Sterling UMC

Justice in Everyday Life – Sandra Pennington-Stroud, Covington First UMC


September 2018

Columbia UMC

2067 Columbia Dr.

Decatur, GA 30032


September 8, 22 – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Basic – Sandra Pennington-Stroud, Covington First UMC

Spiritual Gifts – Rev. Johnnetta Johnson, Clifton UMC

Transforming Evangelism – Sandra Pennington-Stroud, Covington First UMC