Senatobia District 2016 – Lay Servant Training


The Senatobia
District of the
Mississippi Annual Conference

Lay Servant Training Event

Sponsored by the DeSoto County Cluster of the Senatobia District

Saturday, February 13, 2016


Location: Hernando UMC, 1890 Mt. Pleasant Road, Hernando, MS 38632

Schedule: Saturday, February 13, 2016

  • 7:30 Gathering and light breakfast
  • 8:00 Prayers in Chapel
  • 8:30 Classes
  • 12:00 Lunch Break
  • 12:30 Classes
  • 3:30 Closing Communion

Mail completed registration form and payment to:

Richard Sadler
4550 Big Horn Dr S
Nesbit, MS 38651

Checks payable to Pleasant Hill UMC

Call 662.562.5865 for more information


REGISTRATION FORM: 2016 Lay Servant Training Registration Form


Payment of $45.00 is expected at time of registration/$50.00 if you would like a Sonny Daniels’s Bar BQ Plate on Saturday!!!

Bring your Bible, a notebook, a pen and an open heart and mind to the blessings God has in store for all who participate in this event!


  1. Basic Lay Servants, this course should be taken before any other. It introduces basic skills in 3 primary aspects of Lay Servant Ministries: leading, caring, and communicating.

Course Description:

Ministry isn’t just a clergy endeavor; all Christians are called to serve. Laity serve on the front line of evangelical living. This course explores how Laity can be the church.

The Basic Lay servant Course will help laity explore and discover their unique call in serving God, neighbor and the greater church.

Course Facilitator: Cheryl Denley

Cheryl Denley, Senatobia District Secretary/Staff, Certified Lay Servant and former Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries.


  1. Advanced CourseSpiritual Leadership

Course Description:

We will discuss a way to move forward from where we are, to where God desires us to be.

The SLI approach gives us 3 principles:

1. Develops spiritual leaders who model a community that learns and leads together.
2. Creates environments that foster transformation
3. Establish processes that bear fruit.

All done while seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Course Facilitator: Rev. Dr. Larry H. Hillard

Rev. Dr. Larry H. Hilliard is The Director of Spiritual Leadership for the MS Annual Conference. Larry is a graduate of William Carey University and Memphis Theological Seminary. He has served congregations all over the state as well as in Texas. Recently Larry has attended coach training with Spiritual Leadership Inc where he is learning a loving, learning and leading approach to ministry.

He is married to the Rev. Terry Lynn Hilliard. They have 6 children and 1 grandson.

What is a Lay Servant???

A lay servant is (local church or certified) a member of a local Church or charge who:

  • is ready and desirous to serve the Church
  • is well informed on the Scriptures and the doctrine, heritage, organization, and the life of the United Methodist Church
  • has received specific training to develop skills in witnessing to the Christian faith through spoken communication, church and community leadership and care-giving ministries
  • is active in support of the local church or charge

Family of Rev. Ned Hawkins, Sr.

Praying HandsRev. Sam “Ned” Hawkins,Sr., passed away on Sunday, February 8. He served Benton-Wesley Chapel of the West Jackson District.

Visitation is Monday, February 15, 10:00 a.m., Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 655 Beasley Road, Jackson with funeral services following at 11:00 a.m.

Please remember to keep the Hawkins family in your thought and prayers.

Born of Conviction: Author Signing in Oxford

Joseph T. Reiff, Floyd Bunyan Shelton Professor of Religion at Emory & Henry College, will be signing and reading Born of Conviction: White Methodists and Mississippi’s Closed Society, at Off Square Books in Oxford on Friday, February 19, beginning at 5pm.

More information:…

Here also is the publisher’s page with information on the book:…


Dr. Reiff’s Bio,

I grew up in Jackson and graduated from Murrah High School in 1972. I attended Wesleyan University from 1972-74 and graduated from Millsaps College in 1976 with a degree in English. I earned a M.Div. degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in 1980 and then served as a United Methodist pastor in Mississippi for five years—two in Scooba and three in west Jackson. I returned to Emory University and earned a Ph.D. in Religion, and since 1990 I have taught at Emory & Henry College; I am currently a clergy member of the Mississippi Conference. I am married to Betty Clark Reiff (a Meridian native), and we have three adult children and three grandchildren.


Parkwood Behavioral Systems Spokesperson

An excellent resource:

Courtney King (daughter of Rev. Ray and Jeanne Owens) is in the community relations department of Parkwood Behavioral Systems in Olive Branch.  She is available to come and talk to any group or individual about all the services they offer such as residential services (adolescent programs), older adult inpatient services, outpatient services, and many more.  You can text Courtney at 901-299-2711 for more information.

Parkwood wants everyone to know, “You’re Not Alone”.