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Lay Ministry Academy Training

Location: Open Heart UMC, 202 E. Indiana St., Rapid City, SD
Date: October 28 - Oct 30, 2022
Lay Academy

Who is it for? Interested lay people, with a letter of referral from their pastor. Those who have already attended the Basic Class or Discernment Retreat and are unsure, are particularly encouraged to sign up. 

What is it?

Training will be on two tracks to equip lay people to better minister in their individual contexts: 

1) Preaching and leading spoken parts of Worship

2) Congregational Care and Discipleship 

Curriculum is based on  Module II, The Practice of Ministry from the CLM Resources distributed by the Upper Room with additional material from the experiences of those who are leading: Retired D.S./Clergy Rev. Bob Ruedebusch, and Rev. Doug Diehl, plus current Southwest D.S. Dan Bader, and Pastor Michele Slott.

There will be a bit of “prep-work” for each track before the weekend, and some field experience offered. Preaching students will be guest-preaching/leading worship before they are done with the weekend.

When: Trainings will take place over four weekends, running Friday 1 pm - until Sunday at approximately 1 pm

  •  October 28-30, 2022 - Rapid City - Preaching/Worship
  •  January 27-29, 2022 - Rapid City - Congregational Care/Discipleship
  •  April 28-30, 2023 - Pierre - Preaching/Worship
  •  July 28-30, 2023 - Pierre - Congregational Care/Discipleship


  • Rapid City location for October and January, is at Open Heart UMC, Rapid City. 202 E. Indiana St., Rapid City, SD
  • Pierre location for April and July is at Pierre First UMC, 117 N Central Ave, Pierre, SD

There is no fee to sign up, however, accommodations are up to the individual student to arrange. Some meals will be provided. We highly recommend those coming to the Rapid City training(s) to stay at Storm Mountain Camp.

Deadline for signing up is two weeks in advance. So by October 14th, January 13, April 14 and July 14th.

Lay Academy Training Registration


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