Lay Speaker Certification Series - Virtual
Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 9:45 AM to 2:45 PM

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Marion Hansen

Have you attended a ConneXion Retreat and feel ready to take the next step in your faith and ministry? Is the Holy Spirit inspiring you to ministries related to preaching and worship leadership? Are you called to provide pulpit supply beyond your local church?

Lay speaker certification is a process that prepares you to move forward. This segment consists of practical and inspiring classes offered virtually on three consecutive Saturdays (classes are from 9:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. with breaks and time for lunch):

  • Your Call to Ministry - Nov. 6 - introduction to lay speaking and how to organize and deliver a worship service, led by Marion Hansen, Lay Speaker; participants should come prepared to talk briefly about their call
  • Crafting a Sermon - Nov. 13 - organizing and developing a sermon message, led by Rev. Tom Biatek; participants will schedule one-on-one calls with Tom for additional discussion and assistance. 
  • The life of John Wesley and our United Methodist Beliefs - Nov. 20 - a picture of how we got here and what it means to be United Methodist, led by Dr, Bruce Forbes

Being a certified Lay Speaker enables you to preach and provide pulpit supply beyond your local church.  In addition to these three workshops, the certification process requires participation in a ConneXion retreat, a call statement, a video taped sermon and an interview with members of the Lay Ministry team. These steps will be explained during the sessions.

It is recommended that the participant attend the ConneXion program before attending the Certified Lay Speaker Training.  Please contact Marion prior to registration if you have not previously completed this program.

Registration by November 4, program is limited to 10 participants and you must be at all three sessions.

Cost is $75.  Do not let the expense keep you from participating, alternate arrangements can be made. 

Contact Marion Hansen at or by phone at 218-837-5054 with questions.

Cost: $75 for 3 sessions. Scholarships are available
Deadline: November 04, 2021 12:00 AM
Sponsor: Lay Ministry Team

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058