Lay Servant Academy provides training, gives back to students’ home Conferences

The Lay Servant Academy held May 13-16 at Mount Sequoyah Retreat and Conference Center included nearly 50 participants from Texas and Arkansas. The Academy began with a meeting of Lay Servant Ministry District and Conference Directors from around the South Central Jurisdiction along with Jodi Cataldo, director of laity in leadership for Discipleship Ministries (formerly known as the General Board of Discipleship). Those present worked to improve the process of becoming a lay servant.

Course offerings provided basic training as well as four advanced classes: Leading Worship, Transforming Evangelism, Preaching and United Methodist Heritage. The academy included daily worship, and the offering from these services totaled more than $500; it was be shared among the Arkansas Conference and Texas Conference for disaster relief following the tornadoes that hit Nashville, Ark. and Van, Texas.

Mount Sequoyah is working with Lay Servant Ministries to host additional training events. The fall session of Lay Servant Academy at Mount Sequoyah is set for Oct. 16-18, 2015. Additional information will be posted at www.mountsequoyah.org under the Programs tab when it is available. Call 479-443-4531 or email denni.palmer@mountsequoyah.org with questions.