School for Lay Ministry


               “I am the vine; you are the branches.”


School for Lay Ministry is being re-organized to better meet the needs of laity throughout the Iowa Conference.  We believe because laity minister every day in every place, education and training is vital.  We will continue to offer a three-year program.  The classes will be on-line, one day, and throughout the year.  Specific dates are not available at this time, but the first class will be offered in January of 2021.

Each year will include the Basic Lay Servant class in Jan.  Year one will include classes needed to become a Certified Lay Servant.  Years two and three will add those classes needed for beginning the process of becoming Lay Speaker and Certified Lay Minister.  

All the classes will be open to all laity no matter the path they choose, including being the best lay member of their local church with no specific designation.  

Details will be posted as they become available.

Please, prayerfully consider joining us on this journey.

Lynn Calvert, Dean SLM







The School for Lay Ministry of the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is a three-year program to facilitate the growth of Iowa United Methodist Churches and their Christian ministry by providing an alternative, supplemental source of educated leadership to local congregations and communities.  

The School for Lay Ministry identifies, trains and nurtures lay persons who meet entrance criteria and who have the desire to serve in, through and beyond the church in various ministries.

The classes are offered yearly in Iowa; Cornell and at the Des Moines Site.  Click yellow highlighting below for additional information:


Cornell Classes (Mt. Vernon)

Downloads for Cornell including assignments, rosters, leaders and 
Extended Learning Opportunities

Des Moines Classes (UM Conference Center) 

Downloads for Des Moines Site SLM including assignments, rosters and leaders

School for Lay Ministry 2019 from Iowa Annual Conference on Vimeo.

Extended Learning Opportunities 

The SLM Commission offers four additional Extended Learning Opportunities at Cornell College. Classes are open to all clergy, laity or anyone interested. Take advantage of these opportunities. 


Name Role Phone
John Rothlisberger Dean - Des Moines Site 319.310.1356

Lynn Calvert 

Dean - Cornell