School for Lay Ministry


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

Student Reflection:
I believe that one of the purposes of the SLM is to equip laity to assist wherever the Lord has a need in His church. I have truly cherished the fellowship between the other students, and quite admire all of the knowledge that has come forth from all of the various instructors.  If you are remotely interested in the SLM, I hope you will give it a try, I know you will feel the love of God once you begin your first class. I thank the Holy Spirit for working through this ministry to help build and transform disciples of Jesus Christ that will transform the world.

Is God calling you to go to the School for Lay Ministry?

Jim McIntosh, Simpson Class of 2015

Are You Being Called by God to...

SERVE in your community?

Sharing the love of Jesus in acts of mercy and justice

VISIT homebound or hospitalized?

Reaching out to people and families in your community

Be a LEADER in your church?

Teach by proclaiming God’s message and developing programs

WORK on a ministry team?

Help plan and implement the ministries of your congregation or of a neighboring church

...Then the Iowa School for Lay Ministry Is for You!


The School for Lay Ministry of the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is a 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.  They are offered yearly at three colleges in Iowa, Cornell, Morningside and Simpson.

Read more about the School for Lay Ministry

Click here for the School for Lay Ministry Application, Schedule, Scholarship and additional information. 

School for Lay Ministry Extended Learning Opportunities 

The SLM Commission is once again excited to offer four more Extended Learning Opportunities at Cornell College. Classes are open to all clergy, laity or anyone interested. Take advantage of these opportunities. 


Classes will be held at the following College campuses this year:


Morningside (Sioux City)





Cornell (Mt. Vernon)





 Simpson (Indianola)  
 Hispanic & English Classes Offered  




Do you have questions about the Lay Servant Ministries program? Click here to access forms needed to fill out per the LSM guidelines.

Name Role Phone
Barb Mann Registrar (all locations) 515.974.8905
John Rothlisberger Dean - Simpson 319.310.1356
Nitza Dovenspike Associate Dean - Simpson's Hispanic Class 515-250-4175
Dean Gabhart Dean - Morningside 712.722.2859

Lynn Calvert 

Dean - Cornell