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Lay academy of church excellence

Lay Academy of Church Excellence

Revised LACE Curriculum

Conforming to new

Basic Course Lay Speaking Ministries

2009 -12



  • Revise Curriculum to conform to new

    Lay Speaking Ministries Basic Course Book

  • Teach each district the basic LACE


  • Teach each district the flexibility of LACE

Negative growth

Negative Growth

  • In last decade UMC lost members

  • UMC will cease to exist at current rate of loss

  • Eight of ten students who attend church during their teenage years will leave church by the time they are 16.

    Unchristian by Kinnaman and Lyons at page 142

What people under age 30 think about christian church

What people under age 30 think about Christian Church

  • Hypocritical

  • Too focused on getting converts

  • Anti-homosexual

What people think about christian church cont

What People think about Christian Church—cont.

  • Sheltered

  • Too political

  • Judgmental

  • Unchristian by Kinnaman & Lyons, 2009

Our existence is threatened

Our Existence is Threatened

  • We must seek and apply new ways to

    reverse the way people see us

  • We can no longer afford to conduct

  • business as usual in the church

  • But, we must not comprise the central

  • message of Jesus Christ

These conditions require us to be

These Conditions Require us to be:

  • Deliberate

  • Creative

  • Risk takers

Paradigm of christ

Paradigm of Christ

  • As Christians, we should pursue both goals:

  • Purity &

  • Proximity—

  • living in a way that honors God, but doing

  • so in a way that can influence outsiders.

  • Unchristian by Kinnaman & Lyons, page 133 (2009)

Mission statement

Mission Statement

The mission of LACE is to provide an integrated

program to educate, energize, and empower

lay people in each United Methodist local

church to become faithful disciples and effective

leaders who create vital congregations for the

transformation of the world. LACE accomplishes

this mission by assisting faithful disciples to

identify, develop, and enhance their spiritual

gifts leading them into leadership roles in

diversified fields of ministry.

Revised curriculum

Revised Curriculum

  • General Conference actions changed

  • lay speaking and new curriculum was

  • developed

  • Old handbook—11 lessons

  • New handbook—5 lessons

  • New organization

Revised curriculum cont

Revised Curriculum—Cont.

  • Both books require 10 hours

  • of instruction

  • And ministry presentation

Revised curriculum cont1

Revised Curriculum—Cont.

  • Total of twenty-five (25) hours of instruction

  • First 10 hours specific to Lay Speaking

  • Remaining 15 specific to developing

  • leaders in the church

  • Each day of classes has 5 hours

Revised curriculum cont2

Revised Curriculum—Cont.

New Lay Speaking book includes:

Ministry of the Baptized




Into the World

Revised curriculum cont3

Revised Curriculum—Cont.

  • First 10 hours devoted to Lay Speaking

  • Participant may obtain only Lay Speaking

  • credential

  • Participant may continue studies and pursue

  • leadership in the church classes

Revised curriculum cont4

Revised Curriculum—Cont.

Remaining 15 hours include:



Our Methodist Heritage

Conflict Management in the Church

Baptism & Communion in the UMC

Revised curriculum cont5

Revised Curriculum—Cont.

  • Church Organization

  • Duties of Church Officers

  • Conducting Administrative Council

  • /Board meetings

  • Stewardship

  • Kentucky Conference Resources

Revised curriculum cont6

Revised Curriculum-Cont.

  • Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

  • Myers-Briggs Personality Spirituality

  • inventory

  • 13. Worship Modalities

  • 14. Wrap-up, DS Comments, and Holy

  • Communion

Revised curriculum cont7

Revised Curriculum—Cont.

  • Board of Lay Ministry desires that:

  • Recommended subjects are taught, but

  • district has flexibility to change

  • text as long as it covers the subject

  • Logistical Support such as lunch, times,

  • duration of classes, can be altered

  • to meet needs of district

  • Classes can be emphasized to meet needs

    of district

Revised curriculum cont8

Revised Curriculum—Cont.

  • Flexibility—Order of Presentation

  • Flexibility—Selected texts

  • Flexibility—Feeding the Students

  • Flexibility—Paying for books

Revised curriculum cont9

Revised Curriculum—Cont.

  • Ministry presentations (15 min. for Lay

  • speaking) can be accomplished anytime

  • after first 10 hours of instruction.

  • Be flexible in creating times for

  • students to do ministry presentations.

Logistical support for lace

Logistical Support for LACE

  • Twenty-five hours of instruction

  • District has discretion in configuration

  • Suggested—Five days of five one-hour

  • sessions.

Logistical support for lace cont

Logistical Support for LACE—Cont.

  • Classes taught in five different churches

  • throughout district.

  • Textbooks

  • Books not provided by Conference

  • Only one copy per district available for

  • instructors

  • 3. Ask students to purchase at least two books

Logistical support for lace cont1

Logistical Support for LACE—Cont.

  • Host church provides lunch

  • Ask participants to provide love offering

  • Instructors selected by District Lay Speaking

    Ministry team or LS Coordinator/Lay Leader/DS

  • Instructors—district ministers, laity,

  • and outside instructors consistent with funds

Logistical support for lace cont2

Logistical Support for LACE—Cont.

  • LSM district coordinator certifies completed

  • requirements for Lay Speaking Course

  • Graduates use new skills to strengthen local

  • church

  • District may substitute any one session for

  • selected subject needed in district

Logistical support for lace cont3

Logistical Support for LACE—Cont.

  • Attendance Policy: Attend 4 of 5 days to

  • receive LACE certificate

  • Meet all requirements of Lay Speaking

  • to receive certificate of completion

  • Must attend first and last day

Logistical support for lace cont4

Logistical Support for LACE—Cont.

  • LACE graduates receive recognition on

  • floor at Kentucky Annual Conference

  • Evaluations given to students to help

  • plan improvements

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