Those looking for a way answer God’s call to service might consider Lay Speaking Ministries.
Lay speakers receive specific training in witnessing to the Christian faith through speaking, church, community leadership and care-giving ministries.
Training will be offered by the Brookhaven District in March. The event is scheduled for March 5-6 at Wesley Pines Conference, Retreat and Camping Center in Gallman.
Two advanced courses and the basic lay speaking course will be offered. Richard Henley, director of Lay Speaking Ministries for the East Jackson District will teach the basic course. Cheryl Denley, conference director of Lay Speaking Ministries, will teach an advanced course on United Methodist heritage, and the Rev. Elbrist Mason, pastor of Brandon Trinity UMC, will teach an advanced course on discovering spiritual gifts.
Registration deadline is Feb. 23. Cost for overnight participants is $80 and includes three meals and a textbook. Commuters pay $60. Participants should bring a Bible, writing materials, linens (including pillow), snacks to share, towels and toiletries.
Send tuition (made payable to the Brookhaven District) and course selection to Jennifer Allen, P.O. Box 629, Brookhaven, MS 39602. Bonnie Dillon is director of Lay Speaking Ministries for the Brookhaven District.