Lay Servant Ministries

The purpose of Lay Servant Ministries is to encourage and empower lay people to seek opportunities for service in active ministries in support of their local congregations and beyond. LSM directly contributes to the achievement of the Strategic Direction of the Desert Southwest Conference

In order to achieve our purpose, we will:

    • Recruit and train current and emerging leaders among the laity.
    • Foster partnerships between lay and clergy leaders.
    • Network among and between Districts to provide quality training at times and in places that will be most effective and reach the most people.
    • Serve as a resource for Conference and District lay and clergy leaders to promote understanding and effective utilization of the Ministries of Lay Servants.

For a more detailed description of Lay Servant Ministries, please see our Discover Lay Servant Ministries page.


2016 Training Sessions

Click here to download the 2016 Central West and Central East Lay Servant Training Brochure

August 19-20

Shepherd of the Pines UMC, Overgaard - Click Here to Register
The Basic Course
Discover Your Spiritual Gifts

September 23-24
Shepherd of the Valley UMC, Phoenix - Click Here to Register
You Can Preach!
Justice in Everyday Life

Oct 14 (6-9pm) & Oct 15 (9am-5pm)
St John's UMC, Tucson - Click Here to Register
The Basic Course - Click here for a mail-in registration form (with course details)

October 14-15
St. Matthew UMC, Mesa - Click Here to Register
Accountable Discipleship
Delivering Effective Sermons

November 19 (8am-5pm)
Shepherd of the Hills UMC, Sun City West - Click Here to Register
The Basic Course
Life Together in the United Methodist Connection

Nov 18 (6-9pm) & Nov 19 (9am-3pm)
St Paul's UMC, Tucson - This class is now full. Please contact Gretchen Lofgren at gretchie22@aol.com about being added to a waiting list
Advanced Class
Leading in Prayer