"Planting Seeds: Rooted in God's Word"

‘A time to plant’: Register by July 31 for 2016 Laity Academy

“I learned to lead non-believers toward salvation.” “It was a great blessing to my spiritual growth.”

“The church has been changing; we must change with it.” “I have more to share than I was aware of.”

“I learned how important the laity is.” “Thank you for a blessed fellowship.”

It seems clear from evaluations of the 2014 Eastern PA Conference Laity Academy that minds were opened, hearts were moved, and lives and ministries were possibly changed. The numerous glowing accolades–especially for class instructors, described as “well-prepared” and “spirit-led “–followed two days of concentrated learning and dialogue, fellowship and worship for more than 170 people.

The 32nd annual Laity Academy, August 14-16, 2015, will be your chance to enjoy the same transformational learning experience and to come away feeling similarly blessed.

The gathering will return, back by popular demand, to The Inn at Reading, at 1040 North Park Road, Wyomissing, PA. And now is the time to register online and reserve your room in the Inn.

“Planting Seeds: Rooted in God’s Word” is the 2015 theme, taken from Matthew 13:8 and signifying that seeds of knowledge, planted in the good soil of faith and commitment, can yield wisdom in great abundance. No doubt the Laity Academy is good soil for producing capable servants of Christ and principled leaders for churches and their communities.

“It’s your opportunity to learn about your church, your God and your place in God’s Kingdom from seminary-level instructors,” says Aubrey Bates, academy dean. “It’s a joyful weekend of fellowship with like-minded others, a chance to become a Christ Servant Minister or to take advanced courses if you are already a CSM, and a time to begin the journey toward becoming a Certified Lay Minister.”

Of course, you don’t have to be involved in these lay ministry programs to benefit from the Laity Academy. It’s open to everyone. Attendees can learn all about:

  • Preparing Local Church Servants (Basic course for CSM and CLM preparation)
  • The Purpose of the Church: “Reform the continent and spread scriptural holiness through the land.”
  • Making Every Prayer Count: Learning How to Effectively Pray for Others
  • Charting the Path of Emotional Intelligence
  • Walking in Love: The Act of Repentance and Healing Relationships with Native American and Indigenous Persons
  • Preaching to be Heard and Preaching by Numbers
  • “What Do I Say?” Pastoral Care Ministry
  • Do I Really Need That? How Technology Strengthens Your Church

“At the Academy,” says Bates, “we can grow in knowledge of our church’s politics and culture, our ability to effectively lead church groups, our capacity for local and global mission work and our ability to speak God’s Word to a world hungry for that knowledge.

“Our instructors are a mixture of clergy and laity who are experts in their specific subjects. All have experience that can be leveraged to help you and your church in mission. Jesus reminded us that while He is the vine, we are the branches that carry the nectar of life and love to the leaves of the tree. If we learn to effectively abide in our Lord, we can help people in our church and in the world to bear much fruit. And isn’t that what we are commissioned to do? Let’s make our churches vital and responsive. Come and find out how we are planting seeds rooted in God’s Word.”

Visit the online event information page to access the Paper Registration Form and Course Selection Brochure, Course Descriptions and FAQs. For more information contact Aubrey Bates or Anne Taylor. Room reservations must be made directly with the hotel: Reservations@InnAtReading.com. Mention “Lay Academy.”


Dianne Maylen

Dianne Maylen

I am being totally truthful when I say that the Laity Academy changed my life.  I attended the Basic Course in 2013.  I left there a totally different person than when I arrived.  Not only was the class educational, but it was so emotionally moving.  I made so many new friends and they, along with our wonderful instructor, helped me grow in my faith and helped me along my path to becoming a Christ Servant Minister.  I reached that goal during the 2014 Laity Academy, which was another awesome and spiritually rewarding weekend.  I look forward to the 2015 Academy and can’t wait to meet up with all the other attendees and instructors.