New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course Leader’s Guide

Sandy Jackson, Brian Jackson • March 2013

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The Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course Leader's Guide is an introductory course designed to equip new church leaders and renew current leaders in The United Methodist Church. It can be used with adults and youth and is the foundational course for other leadership training courses.

This course covers the 3 three core categories of Lay Servant Ministries: Leading, Caring, and Communicating; it also emphasizes ministry in daily life and sharing faith stories. The plans in this Leader's Guide are designed to be taught in 5 two-hour sessions. They can also be used over a weekend.

NOTE: This guide replaces the Lay Speaking Ministries Basic Course Leader's Guide, DR551. If you have taught the Basic Course before, you will need to adjust your teaching plans to emphasize the core categories described above.

Session topics include:

Ministry of the Baptized

  • priesthood of all believers
  • spiritual gifts
  • the need for a response to God's call
  • the role of laity in ministry


  • servant leadership
  • important roles in leadership
  • what it means to be a spiritual leader
  • Christian conferencing


  • biblical basis for caring ministry
  • acts of compassion and justice
  • caring for creation


  • guidelines for respectful communication
  • listening skills
  • sharing faith stories

Into the World

  • understanding leaders' role in fulfilling the Great Commission
  • importance of continued study and spiritual growth
  • role of hospitality
  • Appreciative Inquiry and Asset-Based Community Development

Appendices include two letters to participants (depending on whether the course is taught in 5 sessions or over a weekend), a sample format for Christian conferencing, evaluation forms for communication session, and resources (scripture, song, and meditation) for each session.

The Participant's Book for this course is: Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course Participant's Book

Sandy Jackson, now retired, was director, Connectional Laity Development in the Office of External Connectional Relations and Strategic Initiatives at the Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church.

Brian Jackson served as conference director of Lay Speaking Ministries of the East Ohio Annual Conference and was chair of the Association of Conference Directors of Lay Speaking Ministries education committee. Brian and Sandy currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee.

ISBN: 978-0-88177-627-0

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-88177-633-1

EPub ISBN: 978-0-88177-635-5

Imprint: Discipleship Resources

Pub Date: March 2013

Trim Size: 7.3125 in (w) x 9.25 in (h) x 0.141 in (d)

Page Count: 68

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Ministry / General

BISAC1: REL109000