School for Lay Ministry


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

Are You Being Called by God to...

Download the School for Lay Ministries Brochure with details on class offerings, eligibility and costs.

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 three-year 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.  

The School for Lay Ministry identifies, trains and nurtures lay persons who meet entrance criteria and who have the desire to serve in, through and beyond the church in various ministries.

The classes are offered yearly at two colleges in Iowa; Cornell and Simpson.


Cornell Classes (Mt. Vernon) are October 13-14, 2018

Downloads for Cornell including assignments,
rosters, leaders and Extended Learning

Simpson Classes (Indianola) are November 17-18, 2018

Downloads for Simpson including assignments,
rosters and leaders

Simpson (Indianola) Hispanic Classes are November 17-18, 2018

Extended Learning Opportunities 

The SLM Commission offers four additional Extended Learning Opportunities at Cornell College. Classes are open to all clergy, laity or anyone interested. Take advantage of these opportunities. 


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

Lynn Calvert 

Dean - Cornell