Introduction to Christ Servant Ministry  (All are welcome)

  • August – 2020 Laity Academy - Although there was an Introduction to Christ Servant Ministry course scheduled as part of the 2020 Laity Academy, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Academy team to cancel this event and they are considering whether to offer some courses via Zoom or at a later date.  Please continue to check back for updated information as it becomes available. 


Advanced Training  (All are welcome)

  • August – 2020 Laity Academy - Although there were a number of advanced courses offered as part of the 2020 Laity Academy, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Academy team to cancel this event and they are considering whether to offer some courses via Zoom or at a later date.  Please continue to check back for updated information as it becomes available.

CLM Orientation  (See Certified Lay Minister page for detailed schedule)

      Saturday,      October 3                1:30 - 3:30 pm

      T hursday,     October 8                6:30 - 8:30 pm  

      Saturday      October 17           10:00 am – 12 pm

      Thursday,      October 22              6:30 - 8:30 pm    

      Monday        October 26              6:30 - 8:30 pm   

      Monday,       November 2             6:30 - 8:30 pm  

      Saturday,     November 7            12:30 – 2:30 pm

Contact Judy Ehninger, CLM Program Coordinator,  for more information or to register your attendance preference. 

Call:  610-442-3140 or Email:

Special Opportunities

 Leadership Launch Event, Oct. 3   (2.5 hrs CSM Leadership Credit)

Get ready to launch an exciting new year of leadership for your church and for the Eastern PA Conference. As we enter a new year for our annual conference and a new quadrennium for The United Methodist Church, leadership training and teamwork become crucial to fulfilling our mission with excellence, especially in these challenging times. 

Register now  for this morning leadership training event, scheduled for October 3, from 9 AM to 11:30 AM. This Interactive Zoom Event is free ,  but registration is required. All are welcome and encouraged to attend, especially: Connectional Table leaders and their teams and committees; Lay Leaders; CSMs, CLMs; and anyone in a church, district or conference leadership role


The Rev. Dawn Taylor-Storm , our new Director of Connectional Ministries, will keynote the event. After that, we’ll have break-out sessions on various leadership topics, led by Connectional Table Members.  (Download Description & Registration Form in PDF)


"As leaders, we are often pulled between purpose and relationships,” says Taylor-Storm. “Jesus never lost focus of his mission, and he was willing to make difficult choices to live out his vocational calling.” In this interactive, informative, inspirational gathering, participants will be challenged to stretch their leadership potential and lean in to the current ministry vineyard. Hope you will join us."

  • North District Academy - Methodist United has decided to postpone their annual Laity Academy from the fall of 2020 to the Spring of 2021.  The current thinking is the Academy will take place on the 4 Mondays after Easter.  Over the next several months  MU will continue to monitor the effects of COVID-19 and make decisions concerning the class subjects and instructors. For more information on the North District Academy, contact their Dean Patty Korbich at "" or call 570-672-1031.


  • Sexual Ethics Workshops - For more information on Sexual Ethics workshops, contact Rev. Jacqueline Hines at, 610-495-6807, or 410-963-1721.

  • Tools for Ministry Workshops - Advanced training hours in leading that reflects the length of the workshop completed will be awarded to those who complete a "Request for Credit" form.  ((Download Request for Credit Form in PDF or in DOC))

  • –  A site that hosts online courses approved by Discipleship Ministries for use as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries (i.e. Christ Servant Ministries). These approved courses are designated on their website as "Lay Servant Ministries" and include a variety of titles including…

           Biblical Storytelling I – Beth Galbreath
           Biblical Storytelling II – Beth Galbreath
           Transforming Evangelism – Debra Dickerson

           Rediscovering our Spiritual Gifts – Beth Perry
           Leading Worship 101 for Lay Leaders - Dan Benedict
           Multimedia Technology in Worship for the Church Volunteer 101 –John Zimmerman
           Caring for the Caregiver - Harriet Wilkin

Those interested in registering or learning more about these titles can view and register by clicking on the following link:

Individuals registering for any of the courses should communicate the necessary information with the conference director, George Hollich to insure that CSM credit is assigned. (Download Request for Credit Form in PDF or in DOC)

Other Events

  • The Wesley Theological Seminary Lay Academy offers 11 online courses covering a variety of topics including Methodist identity, early church history, Christian ethics, interfaith relations, and the intersection of faith and science. Laypeople can earn a certification in Wesleyan Studies by completing six of the courses online, or can choose to take courses individually for personal education and enrichment. All of the Wesley Theological Seminary Lay Academy courses can be viewed at

  • Evangelical Seminary’s School of Lifelong Learning, Institute for Church Leadership offers a series of courses in Bible, theology, spiritual disciplines, evangelism, church history, missions, and counseling. CSM credit can be requested for these opportunities for spiritual enrichment and leadership development.  They are  open to all without any educational prerequisites. They are not seminary level courses and do not earn credit from Evangelical Seminary.  If you wish to inquire about courses please apply online or contact Joel Kime at 

For more information on Christ Servant Ministries or CSM sponsored events call:  717-838-2812 or E-mail:  George Hollich

Events and Opportunities