Lay Speaking Training

Basic and Advanced Lay Speaking Courses

You may register for the class times/locations that are convenient for you.


2020 Class Dates


Hand Memorial UMC, Pelham

Jan. 17 - 18 (Basic) Register here

Feb. 7 - 8 (Advanced) Register here


Crossroads UMC, Perry
Jan. 31 - Feb. 1 (Basic) Register here

Feb. 21 - 22 (Advanced) Register here


Ellaville UMC, Ellaville

Feb. 21 - 22 (Basic) Register here

Mar. 6 - 7 (Advanced) Register here


McRae UMC, McRae
Feb. 28 - 29 (Basic) Register here

Mar. 20 - 21 (Advanced) Register here


Vidalia First UMC, Vidalia

Oct. 9 - 10 (Basic) Register here

Oct. 23 - 24 (Advanced) Register here


College Place UMC, Brunswick

Oct. 16 - 17 (Basic) Register here

Nov. 6 - 7 (Advanced) Register here


What is a Lay Speaker?

A lay speaker is a professing member of a local church who is ready and desirous to serve the Church, and who is well informed on and committed to the Scriptures and the doctrine, heritage, organization, and life of The United Methodist Church. A lay speaker has completed the required training courses in lay speaking and has been approved by a district or annual conference committee on lay speaking. Lay speakers serve the local church by witnessing to the Christian faith through spoken communication, church and community leadership, and caregiving ministries. When certified, the lay speaker may conduct services of worship, preach, and lead study sessions as requested by the pastor or the district superintendent.


Schedule of the Day

Friday, 6:30 pm – 9 pm
Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm


Registration fee for the class is $25. This fee covers all materials and lunch on Saturday.


(Note: Basic Lay Speaking class must be completed before taking Advanced Class)

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