Lay Servant and Lay Leadership Development and Ministries

LAY SERVANT MINISTRIES is a leadership development program in The United Methodist Church focused on equipping and empowering laypersons who have responded to the call of God to serve in mission and ministry.  These laypersons are called to live out their own discipleship as servants in leadership through the ministries of leading, caring, and communicating. Being called to ministry is a serious endeavor. It takes a disciple to make a disciple. Thus we must do all we can to prepare ourselves and others to serve.
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Additional Training is available to you through the Conference learning management system which is available to all in the West Virginia Annual Conference.  You can take courses that will qualify for Continuing Education hours!!!

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You may also contact any member of  Potomac Highlands District Lay Servant and Lay Leadership Development and Ministries Team


Potomac Highlands Lay Academy


What is Lay Academy?

Content created to educate, inform, and train those who want to know more about Lay Servant Ministries.  In order to adapt to the current environment, we offer both live online classes and some in-person options. This also brings the opportunity to those who are not able to travel or take a weekend course. We will continue to review and these courses will evolve. All courses are 10 hours of learning time and may include books or other resources.

Who Can Participate?

  • All Laity–Youth and Adult
  • Clergy
  • Any District


Fees for the fall classes is $20 per person.  Information is listed with the class information.

Registration?   Check for the Registration Forms in the brochure. You may also contact Contact Betty Rizer at (304) 788-3150 or Email

To register online click this link.

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