Little Kanawha District Lay Speaking Ministries Academy
Course Information & Registration
May 6-7, 2011
To register for either the basic course or an advanced course, please complete this form.
City: State: Zip:
Home telephone: E-mail:
Local church: Pastor:
( ) I am requesting a scholarship for this course.
Do you require special accommodations due to a disability? ( ) Yes ( ) No
If yes, please specify
I am registering for (please select one of the following):
( ) Basic course. Course fee is $25
( ) Advanced course – Lay Speakers Lead in Evangelism. Course fee is $35
( ) Advanced course – Lay Speakers Lead in Stewardship. Course fee is $35
( ) Advanced course – Lay Speakers Teach Adults. Course fee is $35
Your registration must be received by April 7, 2011. Registrations received after the deadline
will not be accepted. The number of participants for each class is limited, so early registration is
suggested. The course fee covers the cost of the workbook, any other course materials, lunch on
Saturday and refreshments.
Classes begin Friday evening and last all day Saturday. Classes will be held at Epworth United
Methodist Church in Ripley.
Send the completed form and payment to: Lay Speaking Ministries Registrar
(Checks payable to Little Kanawha District) Little Kanawha District UMC
1210 20th Street
Parkersburg, WV 26101-3420
This year the classes are taught at Epworth UMC, 208 Church Street, Ripley, WV. Registration
for all participants is from 6:00 to 6:30 on Friday evening. The coursework begins Friday
evening and concludes around 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Participants can spend Friday night in the Ripley area or commute from home, but will need to
be back at the church by 7:15-7:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The cost of lodging is the
responsibility of the participant. Lodging options closest to Epworth include:
- Holiday Inn Express 304-372-4444
- Quality Inn 304-372-5000
- Super 8 Motel 304-372-8880
The course fee covers the cost of the workbook, any other course materials, lunch on Saturday
Please wear casual and comfortable clothing.
Remember that your registration must be received by the deadline. Due to reading
assignments that are to be completed prior to the class, there can be no exceptions. The number
of participants for each class is limited, so early registration is suggested.
These will be the only Lay Speaking Ministries courses offered in 2011.
Basic Lay Speaking
The ten-hour basic course includes a study of what it means to be God’s called people and how we may
be at work for God in our communities. The course gives checklists, outlines and step-by-step plans with
an overview of the various ways lay speakers can serve their church and provides learning opportunities
in three areas of service: leading, caring and communicating.
Leading in Evangelism
The purposes of this ten-hour course are to gain a deeper understanding of biblical hospitality as a
foundation for the faithful congregations, to look more closely at the culture and climate of our
congregations and to explore ways in which they may grow in their ministry of welcoming and making
disciples and to form teams that include the pastor and lay people that will develop strategies to help
congregations proclaim the faith.
Leading in Stewardship
The purpose of this advanced course is to develop a holistic understanding of stewardship and to
understand the role of stewardship in relation to the mission and vision of the church.
Leading and Teaching Adults
This is an advanced course on teaching and leader development, intended for educators and volunteers in
the local church. This course will help you become more competent in teaching and leading in a
classroom or small group.
Notice to Lay Speakers
Every three years, Local Church Lay Speakers must complete at least one approved refresher
course and Certified Lay Speakers must complete at least 10 hours of approved course work.
Notice to Pastors
If requested, pastors taking an advanced course will receive credit toward their Continuing