Lay Ministry Courses – Spring 2024 and beyond

By WV UMC Admin

A chart of all the courses with teachers, dates/times, and locations can be found here.

For more information

To learn more about the courses, contact the appropriate District Director of Lay Servant Ministries:

DistrictDistrict Director of Lay MinistryEmail
Little KanawhaPam
Mon ValleyMary
Nine RiversFred
Potomac HighlandsBetty

Training Certification Requirements:

  1. Certified Lay Servant – Complete the Basic Course and any Advanced Course.  In the chart above, all courses not labeled basic are Advanced Courses
  2. Certified Lay Speaker – Complete the Basic Course and six specific Advanced Courses: Preaching, Public Prayer, Leading Worship, Spiritual Gifts, UM Beliefs, Polity.  Courses which qualify for these specific advanced courses are labeled in the Purpose Column*.
  3. Certified Lay Minister – First, be certified as a Certified Lay Servant OR a Certified Lay Speaker, and then complete Curriculum for Certified Lay Ministers.  Contact Kim Matthews (, AC Director of Lay Servant Ministries, for more information.