Lay Servant Training

Don’t miss the Northern Virginia District’s Lay Servant Training Friday/Saturday, April 12 & 13 at St. Paul UMC in Woodbridge.

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Northern Virginia’s next Lay Servant Ministry Training event will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 12-13 at St. Paul in Woodbridge.

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.

Cynthia Lopynski and Tianna Durbin talk about the upcoming event and give some background on Lay Servant Ministries, Lay Servant Training, Lay Speakers, Lay Servant Academy and more!



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


8-8:30 a.m. — Breakfast Church
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. — Session #2
10:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. — Session #3 
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. — Lunch (provided)
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. — Session #4
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. — Closing Worship (presentation of certificates)

Classes Offered

(Use the + symbol to find the description of each class)

Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course

Instructor: Rev. Scott Bach-Hansen, Herndon UMC, former Lay Speaker

* (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


Soul Reset: Relearning the Rhythms of Grace Through Daily Life with God

Instructor: Rev. Kim Barker-Brugman, Pastor Lawrenceville UMC, Spiritual Director

This course helps participants discover the power of rest through practices that create spiritual wholeness. Beyond toxic cultures and “idols” of busyness, distraction, and consumption at the root of so much of our anxiety and dis-ease, Rev. Dotson invites course participants to find their rest in the healing nearness of Jesus Christ.

Required text: Soul Reset: Breakdown, Breakthrough, and the Journey to Wholeness, Junius B. Dotson
Participant’s Book • 978-083581-896-4 • $14.99
(ePub and Kindle, $9.99)

Dancing with Words

Instructor: Rev. Katie Phillips, Pastor Vine Church, Improv Artist 

Participants in the course will learn what constitutes a good story, discover storytelling styles, learn the techniques of effective storytelling, and practice creating stories from their experiences.

Required text: Dancing with Words, Ray Buckley

Need more information? Contact Cynthia Lopynski.

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