School for Lay Ministry


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

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) start on October 12-13, 2019

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

Des Moines Classes (UM Conference Center) start on November 2-3, 2019

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