Lay Servant Ministry

ADOX Lay Servant Ministries

Spring 2018


The Spring Session of the 2018 Lay Servant Classes will be held on Saturdays, for three weeks during the month of April (7, 14 and 21). The classes will be held from 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM at Columbia United Methodist Church, 2067 Columbia Dr., Decatur, GA 30032 and includes a Basic, Spanish Basic and three advanced classes.  The dedication service for this session will be held on Saturday, April 21st at 1:00 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.


Ministerio de Servicio Laico – Curso Básico

Esta clase requiere una carta de recomendación del pastor.


Accountable Discipleship

This course focuses on the concept of the household of God, Scripture as divine revelation, Wesleyan understandings of grace, and the importance of the class leader in the development of the Methodist movement.


Leading Worship

This course focuses on the ministry of the Lay Servant who either regularly or occasionally leads a group or congregation in worship. (Required for Certified Lay Speaker)


Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (United Methodist Polity) 10 Students Minimum)

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)



Important: Please register by March 22 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, 927 North Main St. NW, Conyers, GA 30012    or
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 you 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!




Atlanta Decatur Oxford District

Upcoming Lay Servant Classes

Schedule is subject to change

September 2018

Columbia UMC

2067 Columbia Dr.

Decatur, GA 30032


September 8,15, 22 – 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Basic – Sandra Pennington-Stroud, Covington First UMC

Spiritual Gifts – Rev. Johnnetta Johnson, Clifton UMC

Transforming Evangelism – Carol Standard, Salem UMC or

Lay Servants Lead in Conflict Resolution