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Dear Pastors, Lay Leaders and Lay Servant Ministers:

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” ( Acts 1:8)

Jesus has called each of us to use the special gifts which we have been given to enable us to be His witnesses in the world. This fall Gulf Central District will be having three Certified courses and a Basic Course for Lay Speaking Ministries. The courses, which are listed below, are designed to enable these people who have come to your mind to effectively and powerfully complete Christ’s command.



Gulf Central District Training Event for Lay Servants
(Must attend both Saturdays for certification)

Basic Course: This basic course for Lay Servants provides the framework for all leadership in mission and ministry. This course will equip leaders to better lead not only in your church, but as well as in the local community. The following topics will be covered: Servant leadership, Spiritual leadership, Caring ministries, Sharing your faith and Leading meetings. **Those taking this class need to bring the following items with them; Bible, Hymnal, a United Methodist Book of Worship and borrow a copy of the current Book of Discipline. (These can be purchased through Cokesbury or borrowed from your local church.)

Advanced Course - Lay Servants Deliver an Effective Sermon: This course offers a practical guide to addressing the foundations necessary for preparing an engaging sermon. Our text is “From your heart to theirs”, by Franks and Carroll. **You will need to bring a Bible and a Methodist hymnal to each session.

Advanced Course - Lay Servants lead in Pastoral Care Giving: This course offers insights into the life span and the dynamics of contemporary life to help your church leaders reach out with God’s love and care for others in your own church and into your community .**You will need to bring a Bible and a Methodist hymnal to each session.




An Open Letter Concerning Lay Servants and Lay Speakers

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