January 17, 2019

Lay Servant School Classes, Winter 2019 @Sherman Oaks

January 30, 2019 - 07:00 PM / 09:00 PM


Sherman Oaks UMC, 14401 Dickens St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423


Sherman Oaks United Methodist Church’s Leadership Development Academy presents “Certified Lay Servant School” in partnership with Lay Servant Ministries to develop effective leaders.

“Leading Bible Study” starts Wednesday, January 30, 2019 for five consecutive Wednesdays. The course will open a new world for many lay servants who have not had professional training in biblical interpretation.


  • Certified Lay Servant: A certified lay servant is a person who has received specific training to witness to the Christian faith through spoken communication, to lead within a church and community, and to provide caring ministry. The certified lay servant serves the local church or charge (or beyond the local church) in ways in which their witness, leadership, and service inspires others to a deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship.
  • Certified Lay Speaker: A certified lay speaker is a certified lay servant (or equivalent) whose call has been affirmed by the conference committee on lay servant ministries or equivalent structure to serve the church in pulpit supply. The certified lay speaker serves by preaching the Word when requested by the pastor, district superintendent, or committee on lay servant ministries.
  • SOUMC Certified Lay Pastor: This is a certificate program unique to SOUMC’s Leadership Development Academy. This program will empower Lay people to come along side the senior pastor in spiritual shepherding & leadership of the local Church. Those who obtain this ministry designation will have also completed the requirements to become a “Certified Lay Speaker” within the Lay Servant Ministries program.

Email, mail or call in your registration information to Jean Castro (818-789-0351, You can mail your registration check (made payable to: “SOUMC” with “Lay Servant School” in the memo) to Sherman Oaks United Methodist Church, 14401 Dickens St., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, or call Jean with credit card information.

All are welcome to attend.

Registration Brochure