Lay Servant Ministries

Lay Servant Ministry Courses: Planning Worship [NEW]

Lay Servant MinistriesAll laity are invited to participate in Lay Servant Ministries courses, not just persons seeking to become a Local Lay Servant or Certified Lay Servant.

Planning Worship [NEW]

This course builds on the course Leading Worship (encouraged, but not a pre-requisite for enrollment in this course), and focuses on the principles and practices of designing, evaluating and strengthening vital United Methodist worship. Worship teams are encouraged to attend so that they can learn together about creating more meaningful and memorable worship for their congregations. Participants will learn and practice using a variety of creative ideas and methods for planning and presenting the Good News for all of God’s people who gather for worship.


Participant – The Worship Workshop
by Marcia McFee
ISBN 978-0-687-04634-8 • $12.34
The United Methodist Book of Worship
ISBN 978-0-687-03572-4 • $30.99 (also available in CD-ROM and Online editions)

Leader – Planning Worship
by Taylor Burton-Edwards
ISBN 978-0-88177-682-9 • DR682 • $10.00


No sessions of this course are currently scheduled.

General Information about Advanced Courses

Advanced courses equip the Local Lay Servant for service in many facets of lay ministry and congregational leadership. Completion of one Advanced Course after the Basic Course is required to become a Certified Lay Servant. Specified Advanced Courses are required to achieve the designation of Lay Speaker.

Texts can be ordered through or (use ISBN order #) or Upper Room Bookstore (use DR item #)

Watch for these symbols next to the course title:

North Texas Conference Lay Servant Ministries Core Advanced Courses are recommended as your first advanced LSM courses after the Basic Course is completed.
North Texas Conference Lay Servant Ministries Meets a requirement for Lay Speaker designation
North Texas Conference Lay Servant Ministries Meets a requirement for course instructor accreditation

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