Church Conferences








Letter from DS Dwayne

Questions (due in the District Office one week prior to your One-on-One)

Lay Servant Classes


Fall Lay Servant classes will be held Saturday, September 9 and 23 from 9am-3pm at Kalamazoo Westwood UMC (you must attend both full days to earn credit for the class).


Classes are free - order your own book and bring a sack lunch.


Registration deadline is September 2!

Basic Course

Led by Cyndi Trobeck

Required book: Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course Participant’s Book by Sandy Jackson


This course is foundational for all courses in Lay Servant Ministries. Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts 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.

Accountable Discipleship

Led by Doug Tipken, Certified Lay Minister

Required book: Disciples Making Disciples by Steven W. Manskar


This course focuses on the concept of the household of God, Scripture as divine revelation, Wesleyan understandings of Grace, and the importance of the class leader in the development of the Methodist movement.

Leading Bible Study

Led by Dana Tipken

Required book: Biblical Interpretation by Sharon Ringe & Frederick C. Tiffany


This course opens a new world for many lay servants who have not had professional training in biblical interpretation. It reminds us as United Methodists that Bible study and biblical interpretation are a core part of our spiritual journey.

Certified Lay Minister Training


Certified Lay Minister (CLM) is a qualified United Methodist layperson called to congregational leadership as part of a ministry team under the supervision of a clergy person.


The CLM candidate must be a Certified Lay Servant and have the recommendation from their pastor and church council or charge conference. 


The CLM course includes training, support, supervision, and accountability while serving in a local church as part of a ministry team. The classes will be held at Pathfinder UMC in Portage on Wednesdays from 6-8pm every other week from September 6 - November 29. A $35 fee covers the cost of materials. This course is facilitated by Rev. Ron Hansen and Dr. Peggy Bird, CLM.


For more info or registration, contact Peggy Bird at or (269)649-1005.