SEKY District - 2022 LACE Information


[Updated 7-30-22]

The mission of the Lay Academy of Church Excellence (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.

Completion of the core curriculum prepares LACE participants for three options.

  • Complete the basic requirements to become a lay speaker.

  • Learn more about United Methodist history and theology.

  • Sharpen leadership skills to become a more effective servant leader in the Church.


Basic 101: Sept 10 & 17

Advanced 201: October 1 & 8

Location: London 1st UMC


Session Schedule (subject to change according to speaker schedules)


Sept 10: BASIC SESSION 1 - Why Methodist?

• United Methodist history and theology

• Sacraments

• United Methodist structure

• Passionate Spiritual Discipleship (was -Living out United Methodist faith)

Sept 17: BASIC SESSION 2 - Loving

• Spiritual gifts

• Missional service

• Congregational Care (was – Pastoral Care)

• Loving others

• Sharing Christ

• Prayer (book)

Oct 1: ADVANCED SESSION 3 - Learning

• Spiritual formation

• Disciple making pathway

• Teaching/Preaching

• Leading/Planning worship

• Stewardship

Oct 8: ADVANCED SESSION 4 - Leading

• Conflict management

• Communication

• Preaching practicum

CONTACT: Rich Dailey,