School for Lay Ministry classes begin soon

School for Lay Ministry classes begin soon

August 15, 2017

Jesus tells us in Matthew 20:28 “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 

Several years ago dedicated people with great vision initiated the School for Lay Ministry in the Iowa Annual Conference. Since that beginning in Indianola at Simpson College, the school has expanded adding campuses at Morningside in Sioux City and at Cornell in Mount Vernon. In 2014, a Spanish language class was added at Simpson. 

The purpose of the school is to prepare people to follow in Jesus’ footsteps by serving. The program provides supplemental leadership training to facilitate ministry in Iowa United Methodist Churches. We can be the best servants when we are trained, informed and well prepared. The school offers 12 weekends over a three year period covering 12 carefully selected ministry areas and are held on Saturday and Sunday at a cost is $140 per weekend. Classes are scheduled to begin this fall at all three campuses.

You will gain knowledge and insight that will be a tremendous asset to your pastor and your church. Additionally, you will grow personally beyond your expectations. You will build relationships that will enrich your life and you will surely become much closer to our Lord and Savior. We don’t know of any church in the conference that could not use more trained lay persons in their ministry. We invite you to prayerfully consider this opportunity.

The application, class schedule and other details can be found on the School for Lay Ministry website: Or feel free to contact Barb Mann at or 515-974-8905

For more information on the Spanish language classes, you can contact Rev. Alejandro Alfaro-Santiz, Associate Dean at Simpson at or 515-288-4056.

Morningside School for Lay Ministry: Nov. 11-12, 2017; January 13-14 2018 (tentative); March 17-18, 2018; April 21-22, 2018 (tentative)
Cornell School for Lay Ministry: October 14-15, 2017; November 11-12, 2017; January 13-14, 2018; March 10-11, 2018
Simpson School for Lay Ministry: November 4-5, 2017; January 6-7, 2018; March 3-4, 2018; May 5-6, 2018

The SLM Commission is once again excited to offer some Extended Learning Opportunities at Cornell College this fall. Classes are open to all clergy, laity or anyone interested so please get the word out. We hope many can take advantage of these opportunities. If you are interested in attending any of the classes that will be offered, additional details and the registration form is posted on the SLM Website within the purple SLM at Cornell College box. If you are interested in attending and need assistance or have questions, please contact Barb Mann at or 515-974-8905. We hope to see you there!

Cornell School for Lay Ministry Advanced Classes: October 14, 2017, November 22, 2017, January 13, 2018, March 10-11, 2018