Lay Servant Ministries

For general information on our work, see the Lay Servant Ministries section of the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship website. Click here for documents and resources for Lay Servant Ministries.

Director of Arkansas Conference Lay Servant Ministries:
Carole Blanks
(501) 313-7067

Central District:
John Blanks
(501) 213-5669
Northeast District:
LaDonna Busby
(870) 793-5274
Northwest District and Assistant Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries:
Karen Anderson
(479) 372-3191
Southeast District:
Rev. Nan Nelson (Interim Director)
(870) 830-5550
Southwest District:
Karla Hefty
(870) 267-4161

Upcoming Training Dates

Join us online as we hold LSM intro and advanced courses in the Arkansas Conference during this time social distancing. You must attend all weeks for course credit.

You will need a computer, tablet, iPad or phone with capability of audio/video connection over the internet.

Course options this Spring (in order of start date) can be registered for at this link until approximately 1 week prior to the first course session. For more information, you can look at the LSM Catalog here, or click on the title to each course to look at the participant’s book options and details and to purchase the book in the format you prefer.

Course Options This Spring

Beginning Date Session Time # of sessions Course
March 4, 2021 6:30-8:30pm 5 sessions (on Thursdays) Intro to Lay Servant Ministries (Basic) led by Lea Ann Forrest – ISBN 978-0-88177-626-3
March 1, 2021 6-8:30pm 4 sessions (on Mondays) UM Heritage – Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way led by Liz Lusk – ISBN 978-0-88177-571-6
March 3, 2021 10am-12pm 5 sessions (on Wednesdays) Start Here – Teaching Adults led by Brenda Gullett – ISBN 978-0-88177-303-3
March 4, 2021 10am-12pm 5 sessions (on Thursdays) Leading Worship – Worshiping with United Methodists led by Jeanne and Heath Williams – ISBN 978-0-687-33526-8
March 9, 2021 7-9pm 5 sessions (on Tuesdays) Preaching – Called to Preach-From Pew to Pulpit led by Natasha Murray – ISBN 978-0-687-06660-5
March 11, 2021 6:30-8:30pm 5 sessions (on Thursdays, except 4/1) Leading Public Prayer – Shaping the Prayers of the People: The Art of Intercession led by Tom Jacobs – ISBN 978-0-8028-7097-1
March 16, 2021 11:30am-2pm 4 sessions (on Tuesdays) Preaching – Called to Preach-From Pew to Pulpit led by Joyce Moore – ISBN 978-0-687-06660-5
March 2, 2021 7-9pm 5 sessions (on Tuesdays) CLASS FULLOpening Ourselves to Grace led by Jim Silvi
March 7, 2021 3-4pm 5 sessions (on Sundays, except 4/7) CLASS FULL – Preaching – From Your Heart to Theirs led by Matthew Johnson – ISBN 978-0-88177-536-5 (Does require 1 hr/week video to be watched prior to class session for discussion, all 10 hrs must be completed for credit)
April 8, 2021 6:30-8:30pm 5 sessions (on Thursdays) CLASS FULL – UM Polity – The Method of our Mission led by Bryan Diffee – ISBN 978-1-4267-6717-3
April 26, 2021 12-2pm 5 sessions (on Mondays) CLASS FULLBiblical Interpretation: A Roadmap led by Mark Trimble – ISBN 978-0-68701-608-2

For any questions, please contact