Reach the People Within Your Reach

Join us for a two-part Leadership Forum dedicated to using MissionInsite to connect with the people in your neighborhood. Both forums will be held at the Wesley Foundation of Kalamazoo (820 Rankin Ave).


Part 1: The “How To” with Rev. Jeremy Wicks of Millville UMC - Thursday, April 20, 9am-12:30pm
Part 2: The “What To” with church growth expert Tom Bandy - Thursday, May 4, 9am-3:30pm

Spring Lay Servant Classes


Classes are free - order your own book and bring a sack lunch. Classes with fewer than 4 people will be canceled. You must attend both full days to earn credit for the class.


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Leading in Prayer

April 22 & 29, 9am-3pm, Gobles UMC

Led by Peg Bird, Certified Lay Minister

Required book: Let the Whole Church Say Amen! by Laurence Hull Stookey

For many people, prayer remains a mystery, and praying in public is a test of faith left to the “professionals” of the church. This course on praying in public will help the participant grow in confidence and skill in prayer, both public and personal. This class fulfills the “Leading Prayer” requirement for Certified Lay Speaker status.


God’s Mission… Our Journey

April 22 & May 13, 9am-3pm, Gobles UMC

led by Pastor Lisa Batten

Required book: A Mission Journey: A Handbook for Volunteers

This course will provide participants with a better understanding of a holistic approach to participation in God’s mission to the world and equip lay servants for more effective missional engagement in their communities and beyond.


Justice in Everyday Life

May 6 & May 20, 9am-3pm, Coloma UMC

led by Deacon Cora Glass

Required book: Social Principles of The United Methodist Church (contact the District Office for a free copy of the 2013-2016 version)

This course looks at the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church.


Life Together in the United Methodist Connection

May 6 & May 20, 9am-3pm, Coloma UMC

led by Rev. David Hills

Required book: The Method of Our Mission by Laceye C. Warner

This course gives participants an overview of the structure and organization of The United Methodist Church. A copy of The 2016 Book of Discipline is recommended for this course. This class fulfills the “United Methodist Polity” requirement for Certified Lay Speaker status.


You Can Preach!

May 6 & May 20, 9am-3pm, Coloma UMC

led by Rev. Ron VanLente

Required book: Go Preach! by John P. Gilbert

This course is designed for those who have not completed formal preaching training, for pastors seeking a basic refresher course, and for others who are called upon to preach in a pastor’s absence. This class fulfills the “Preaching” requirement for Certified Lay Speaker status.