Lay Academy for Church Excellence

The Bluegrass District Lay Academy for Church Excellence (LACE) is a series of keynotes and workshops designed to help train leaders and pastors to guide our churches in making disciples of Jesus Christ in their church and community.

Colleen Davis is the Bluegrass District Lay Leader and runs the LACE Program. If you need to reach her, especially on a LACE Saturday for directions or assistance, please call 859-619-4659.

The cost is $10 per day, or $40 for all five Saturdays.

Laity who complete the Lay Servant Track will become Local Lay Servants in their church.
Local Lay Servants who return to take the Leadership Track will become District Certified Lay Servants.

This year, in 2017, we are launching a new third track! 
Certified Lay Servants who complete the Discipleship Track will become Certified Lay Speakers.

Laity and clergy are also welcome to join us for any days and workshops that catch their interest!

July 15 - Bardstown UMC


Keynote:             Exploring Your Call by John Crissman

Lay Servant Workshops:       Spiritual Gifts by Rev. Deb Massengale                 
                                              Listening to Love by Sharon Alexander
Leadership Workshops:         Personal Discipleship by Rev. Mike Voigts
                                              Telling Your Story by Lew Nicholls


August 19 - Danville Centenary UMC


Keynote:         Missions: KY UM Children’s Home with Rev. Randy Coy

Lay Servant Workshops:      Teaching by Clyde Tharp                  
                                            Your Gifts and Evangelism by Rev. Deb Massengale                 

Leadership Workshops:       Service with Jordan Knipp
                                            Social Principles by Rev. Anthony Everett


September 16 - Shelbyville Centenary UMC


Keynote:        United Methodist History and Theology by Rev. Paul Fryman

Lay Servant Workshops:       Fresh Expressions by Rev. Tony Franklin                  
                                             Preaching by Rev. Willard Knipp
Leadership Workshops:        Stewardship by Rev. Lisa May
                                              Church Health/Mission Insite by Colleen Davis
                                                                                             and Rev. Tony Franklin


October 21 - Campbellsville First UMC


Keynote:        Sacraments by Bishop Leonard Fairley

Lay Servant Workshops
:       Leading Worship by Rev. Sean Ryan                  
                                             Prayer by Pastor Rhoda Raglin
Leadership Workshops:        Pastoral Care by Dr. Steve Stratton
                                             Conflict Management by Roxie Bennett


November 18 - Georgetown First UMC


Keynote:        Leadership by Rev. James Williams

Morning Workshops:        Leadership; Trustees; PPR; Communication and Social Media
Afternoon Workshops:      Lay Leader/Lay Member to Annual Conference; Finance