Lay Servant Ministries - Granite District



Granite District Committee on Lay Servant Ministries


Callie McMahon -

                    Karen Cassidy -




The Granite district Committee on Lay Servant Ministry (CLSM) is currently in the process of preparing to hold the following advanced courses (virtually) which will be lead by the folks listed beside the course name. The timing of the courses will be sometime after Easter. 

 Advanced courses:

  • Living Our UMC Beliefs:   Rev. Scott Masters, Sue Davidson -  Participant book is "Living Our Beliefs The United Methodist Way" By  Kenneth Carter,  about $13. 
  • A Call to Preach:    Rev. Scott Master - Participant book "From Pew to Pulpit"  by Clifton Guthrie about $11.99
  • Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition:  Karen Cassidy -  Participants book Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition  by Steve Harper  about $11.99
  • Justice in Everyday Life:  Rev. Virginia Fryer -  Participant book "Social Principles of the United Methodist Church 2017-2020 available from   $3.99
  •  Lay Servants Lead in Conflict Resolution:  No trainer found as yet.
  • Leading Public Prayer:   Many Waters District is holding this course starting April 15. On-line registration can be found on the Many Waters District website www. neumc,org/MW  very soon.  Deadline to register is April 5th, so keep an eye on their website. Please let the Granite District CLSM know if you take this course.     Participants book "Shaping the Prayers of the People: the Art of Intercession" by Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher 
  • Possibly : Connectional Living and Connectional Giving. Rev Scott Masters -  Participants book "Simple Rules for Money: John Wesley on Earning, Saving & Giving" by James Harnish

A summary of most of the above classes can be found at  The advanced course(s) will also be virtual.

Basic Course

  • Lay Servant Ministry  Basic Course Pam Madden and Callie McMahon - Participants book "Lay Servant Ministry" by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson  about $11.00

Basic Course Description:

God calls every Christian to a life of servanthood as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
In the Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course, Sandy and Brian Jackson discuss processes to help individuals discern and respond to God’s particular call on their lives. They encourage each person to recognize and employ his or her spiritual gifts for the church to become what God intended it to be. This course invites participants 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 discipleship. It offers guidelines for optimal communication in leadership and presents numerous types of ministries in which lay servants may assume roles. Throughout the study, thoughtful questions provide excellent opportunities for individual consideration and group discussion. This course will happen in 5 two hour virtual meetings.  

 For some of us, one benefit to the COVID-19 pandemic is our ability to do virtual classes. If you are in an area where internet is hard to get, maybe you could investigate having a socially distance and masked group attend a virtual training at a local church with dependable internet, the town library, or any location nearby with enough space and reliable internet. These are just ideas for those of you in these areas, I am by no means knowledgeable about you challenges with that and just trying to level the playing field to accommodate more. .

If you have questions please ask.  I've listed the participant books only if there is an instructor available. If you are interested and qualified to teach a course or know someone who is, let me know. If you are interested in taking the basic course or an advanced course please contact Callie McMahon at

Stay tuned for more specifics.

Many Blessings,

Callie McMahon Co-chair Granite District Lay Servant Ministry 

Karen Cassidy,  Co-Chair Granite District Lay Servant Ministry

Lay Servant Ministry Committee Granite District