Long Island East District
Long Island East District
Monday, October 26, 2020
of the New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
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Michele F. Sanchez Co-Director Lay Servant Ministries Committee
Cell: 516-306-4960
Email: michelefsanchez3949@gmail.com

Lay Servant Ministries

Information for Lay  Servants

To all who registered for Lay Servant Classes:


Please be advised that we are postponing the Lay Servant Classes effective immediately!


All classes at any time and location will be postponed going forward until we determine that it is safe/appropriate.

Please watch for updates to come - we will let you know when we reschedule the classes.

Regarding our 2021 Lay Servant Ministries Program, plans are underway for Zoom classes.  Please refer to this website for upcoming info and also with your pastor.  Thank you for your patience!

And online classes are always available. 
A certificate is provided on completion of an online class.

Lay Servant Ministry is a United Methodist system for lay leadership development. The courses are designed to help UMC members develop their skills in leadership, communication, and care-giving and to discover their Spiritual Gifts.
The Basic Course is the foundation of LSM and must be taken in order to earn Certificates. Please discuss these courses with your Pastor.  Contact info is below, if you have questions. 
The Advanced Course application needs approval by your Church Council OR Charge Conference, so don't delay!
 Training information: (Classes coming in early 2020)
The Basic Class is for those who wish to become Local Church Lay Servants, trained to serve in caring, leading and communication ministries in their home churches.
--> To reach this goal, take the Basic Course.
the Advanced Class is for those who wish to become (or continue as) Certified Lay Servants.  Participants must  take the Basic Class first. in order to be certified.  
--> To achieve or to maintain this level, take one of the advanced classes, every three years.
Take a Basic Class in:

Saturdays, March 7 - April 4,
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Pastor Ken Bohler

Hicksville in SPANISH
Saturdays, March 7 - April 4,
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Pastor Hector Rivera

Sundays, March 1 - 29
1 - 4 pm
Pastor Jane Kim

Saturdays, March 7 - April 4,
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Certified Lay Servants Fred Brewington & Rosemary Walker

(due by 12/15/19)
Take an Advanced Class in:

Sundays, March 1 - 29, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Lay Pastoral Care Giving – Pastor Claire Wu

Thursdays, March 5 - April 2, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Leading Prayer – Certified Lay Minister Wayne Redman

Saturdays, March 7 - April 4, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Leading Worship – Pastor Leslie Duroseau
  • Spiritual Gifts – Pastor Denise Allen

Saturdays, March 7 - April 4, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Living Our United Methodist Beliefs – Pastor Steve Knutsen
  • God’s Mission, Our Journey – Pastor Elon Sylvester & Certified Lay Servant Angela Pratt
  • Leading Worship – Pastor Akio Iyoda
Course details
The BASIC Course This course is foundational for all courses in lay servant ministries.  Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership., developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their dIscipleship.
Discover Your Spiritual Gifts This course helps participants understand spiritual gifts and how the church can use them to fulfill its mission and ministry. Participants will also learn what it means to be a spiritual leader and will be equipped to lead others in exploring and using their spiritual gifts.  
Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (United Methodist Heritage) This course will explore the special gifts of theology, witness, and organization that The United Methodist Church brings to the church universal, how we got where we are today, and how our distinctive emphases are still needed in the 21st-century church.  
Leading Worship This course focuses on the ministry of the lay servant who either regularly or occasionally leads a group or congregation in worship. 
Leading Public Prayer Prayer is something we learn; it is something that can be taught. For many, however, the only teaching about prayer they ever receive is modeled in Sunday worship. This course may challenge some of your assumptions, test some of your preconceived ideas, stretch your thinking, and enrich your prayer life.
God’s Mission… Our Journey This course will provide participants with a better understanding of a holistic approach to participation in God’s mission to the world and equip lay servants for more effective missional engagement in their communities and beyond.  
Lay Pastoral Care Giving This course offers insights into the life span and the dynamics of contemporary life to help church leaders reach out with God’s love and care to others. "Others" can be viewed as those who are homebound, in nursing homes and also our family church members - ministering to each other!
Please return the Registration Forms, and a check for $35.00 payable to Long Island East District, by December 15, 2019 to
Long Island East District of NYAC
Arslly Vasquez, Registrar
20 Soundview Ave.
White PLains, NY 10606 
  Past Training Classes
These classes were offered in 2019: These classes were offered in 2018:
Hampton Bays UMC 
Basic – Pastor Jennifer Stultz
Leading Small Groups – Pastor Ken Bohler
Lay Pastoral Care-giving – Pastor Enrique Lebron
Lindenhurst UMC
Basic – Pastor Dyanne Corey
Leading Small Groups – Pastor Bob Leibold
Preaching – Bill Flipse, C.L.S.
Westbury UMC
Basic – Fred Brewington, Esq./Rosemarie Walker, C.L.S.
Accountable Discipleship - Pastor Steve Knutsen
Spiritual Gifts – Pastor Elon Sylvester / Angela Pratt, C.L.S.
Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition - Pastor Hector Rivera (Bi-Lingual/Spanish Heritage Course)
Hampton Bays UMC 
Basic Lay Servant Course - Pastor Pat Chuppe
Lay Pastoral Care Giving - Pastor Enrique Lebron
Spiritual Gifts - Pastor Ken Bohler
Huntington-Cold Spring Harbor UMC
Basic Lay Servant Course - Pastor Steve Kim
Spiritual Gifts – Pastor Johnny Ceasar
Leading Prayer – Pastor Lynn Hazel
Westbury UMC
Basic Lay Servant Course - Fred Brewington, Esq.
Leading Bible Study - Pastor Steve Knutsen
Called to Preach - Pastor Marjorie Nunes (New course to be offered instead of Go Preach)
First UMC Baldwin 
Lay Pastoral Care Giving - Pastor Luonne Rouse 

Lay Servant Resource Library
If you have any new or used Lay Servant Ministry training materials; texts, workbooks, leader's guides or participant booklets, please consider donating them to the LIE District Lay Servant Resource Library.   The library will be housed at the United Methodist Church in Seaford and all materials on hand will be available upon request.
With much gratitude,
Steve Knutsen 

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