RISEM Lay Servant Ministry Courses

Upcoming Basic and Advanced Lay Servant Ministry Courses



Course Description: “God calls you to a life of servanthood as a disciple of Jesus Christ. ... Lay Servant Ministries is the first step for many lay persons toward their faith journey as they strive for a closer relationship with the Lord,” the authors write in the introduction. This course is the foundation for all the other Learning & Leading courses. In this course, you are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended. Participants are invited to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders… This course offers guidelines for best practices as a church leader and in mission and ministry in the community and in daily life.  The Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course is a foundational course designed to equip new church leaders and renew current leaders in The United Methodist Church. The Basic Course can be used for both adults and youth.


1. Rhode Island Location:

Grace United Methodist Church, Westerly, RI 02891

5 Week Course

October 18 & 25   November 1, 8 &15 -  2017

Wednesday Nights 6 p.m. –  8:00 p.m.

Instructors: Pastor Barry Burdick

Required Text: Lay Servant Ministries, Basic Course, Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson - ISBN: 9780881776263.

This text is available from several sources including The Upper Room Bookstore and cokesbury.com. It is required and you must obtain a copy and bring it with you to our first class. Please read chapters 1 and 2 prior to the first session.

For more information contact Barry Burdick at umcgrace@gmail.com or 401-206-1022.

Please Register by October 11.  Fill out registration form and email to umcgrace@gmail.com



2. Massachusetts Location:

Northside United Methodist Church

701 Airline Rd, Brewster, MA 02631

October 28th & November 11th

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Instructor: Thomas Kerr

For more information and registration contact Thomas at: tkerr20@comcast.net or 508-367-4787

Registration deadline: October 14th


Please bring a bagged lunch.   Coffee and donuts will be provided in the morning.



These courses meet the requirement for becoming a Certified Lay Servant and for taking an Advanced course every three years to remain a Certified Lay Servant. Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts and to reflect the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that hold members accountable in their discipleship.


1.  “God’s Mission, Our Journey”

Whether in a foreign country or a different neighborhood or our own neighborhood,

how do we understand a culture and a people different from our experience?

Jesus sent his disciple out on a mission journey.

Where are we sent? What is our journey?


Leader: Rev. Sandy Sweet             Cost: $25      (If paying by check, please make out to “RISEM Lay Speaking”)

Location: East Bridgewater UMC, 54 North Central Street, East Bridgewater, MA 02333

Dates/Times:  Tuesday nights, November 7, 14 ,21, and 28 and December 12, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration deadline:     November 5, 2017



To register:  Please call Sandy Sweet,  home 508-456-1526, cell 508-878-0136

                    or email sandypadre@aol.com or mail to Memorial UMC.


Note:   Please do not let the cost of the course deter you from attending. Scholarship money is available.




Location: Memorial United Methodist Church

176 Somerset Ave, Taunton, MA 02780

Date: Saturday November 11 & 18, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM           

Cost: $20.00 (Book Included)


Basic Lay Servant Course

Leader: Ginny Doran

*Basic course meets the initial requirement for becoming a Certified Lay Servant.

Advance Lay Servant Course(s)

Course Title                                            Leader

  1. Discover Your Spiritual Gifts  lead  by Gayle Kerr
  2. From Pew to Pulpit (Preaching) lead by Sandy Sweet           
  3. Evangelism lead by Johnell Norton & Lorraine Foster                                  
  4. Life Together in the UM Connection lead by Rebecca Hewett and Jen Jordan
  5. Leading Worship leader TBD       

*Advance course meet the requirement for becoming Certified Lay Servant.




To register for a class please contact the District Registrar Jen Jordan Email: risem.layregistrar@gmail.com Phone: 508-846-5862

For Course description please view the website: https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/lay-servant-ministries-catalog

What to Bring?

A bag of lunch, Bible, pencil, pen, and note book.

Beverages and Desserts will be Provided.