Lay Servant Training

“Let’s Break Bread Together"

Don’t miss the Northern Virginia District’s Lay Servant Training Friday/Saturday April 14 & 15 at Herndon UMC.

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Northern Virginia’s Lay Servant Ministry Training Event, “Let’s Break Bread Together,” will take place on Friday and Saturday April 14-15 at Herndon UMC.  (701 Bennett St, Herndon, VA 20170)

Registration Fee: $35
Classes will be canceled unless they receive a minimum of 5.

Registrants are expected to spend 2 hours before class reading the recommended book.



6:00 – 7:00 p.m. — Dinner Church and Orientation (Heavy hors d’oeuvres)
7:00-9:00 p.m. — Session #1


9-9:30 a.m. — Breakfast Church
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. — Session #2
11:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. — Lunch (provided) – Free Time
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. — Session #3
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. — Session #4
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. — Closing Worship (presentation of certificates)

Classes Offered

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Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course

Instructor: Martha Stokes, Conference Lay Leader

* (required for any certification)

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.

Required Reading: Lay Servant Ministries


Lay Servants Lead in Conflict Resolution

Instructor: Rev. Dr. Sarah Calvert, District Superintendent

Every church deals with conflict, both healthy and unhealthy, and lay servants can be equipped and empowered to help lead through those times of conflict as a time of transformation.

Required Reading: The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation

Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition

Instructors: Rev. Scott Bach-Hansen, Rev. Eric Kleppinger

Structured around Wesley’s “means of grace,” this study covers, among other topics, prayer, Scripture, the Lord’s Supper, and fasting – major features in John Wesley’s devotional life.

Participants will learn how they can apply Wesley’s ministry to their own life.

As you progress in developing your service and skills, this course will help you become more competent in one particular aspect of lay ministry: growing spiritually through daily discipline.


Required Reading: Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition

Teaching Biblical Faith: Leading Small Group Bible Studies

Instructor: Mary Ann Kral, 30 years experience teaching Bible Studies including Disciple Bible Study

Participants will become acquainted with and use tools of biblical study, including a study Bible, a Bible dictionary, and a concordance. They will learn to construct a lesson plan for leading small-group Bible studies as well as explore how to draw on Bible study for personal growth and discernment.

Text: Teaching Biblical Faith: Leading Small Group Bible Studies

Loving People and Planet

Instructor: Karen McElfish, NoVa District Lay Leader

This workshop offers practical solutions to greening local church facilities and helping your congregation to understand creation care and climate justice in the Wesleyan Tradition. Participants will learn what other churches are doing to care for God’s Creation, how to identify opportunities for local action, and where to find help in achieving results. The training is open to clergy and laypersons; it provides an excellent venue to build Green Teams.

Required Reading: Climate Justice: A Call to Hope and Action

Need more information? Contact Cynthia Lopynski.

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