The Mission of the Lay Servant Ministries is to equip God’s People to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ. -Ephesians 4:11-12
Lay Servant Ministries provide training for the laity to equip them to be leaders in mission and ministries in the local church and community. Each of us is gifted by the Holy Spirit to be a servant in God’s kingdom. Lay Servant Ministries provide educational opportunity that will enhance our spiritual gift and build the needed skills to enable us to be more effective Christian leaders. Through our Lay Servant Ministries Schools, we gain Biblical knowledge and wisdom to help us make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Speaking/Lay Servant Ministries
(At the 2012 General Conference, the name Lay Speaking Ministry was changed to Lay Servant since the responsibilities extend beyond speaking.)
How often and in how many ways are you called? We, as United Methodists, believe our faith must be lived out in our lives and in the life of the world if it is to have any validity. Consequently, our faith must be a living, vital, acting faith that seeks to transform the world or, to use a phrase of Wesley’s, “to spread Scriptural holiness over the land.” (Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course)
Becoming a certified lay servant in the United Methodist Church prepares a person for ministry in whatever area they choose. Lay Servant Ministries involves Leading, Caring, and Communicating. A certified lay servant may choose to lead a Bible study, start a prayer ministry, teach Sunday school, participate in a prison ministry or visit the elderly and shut-ins and the nursing home. The sky is the limit for ways and opportunities to minister.
Each district usually has two training events a year. They offer a Basic Course for those just beginning in the Lay Servant Ministries. After the Basic Course, you must complete an Advanced Course to become a Certified Lay Servant. Certified Lay Servants must complete an Advanced Course every three years in order to remain certified. Individuals desiring to maintain the status of a Local Church Lay Servant are required to take a Lay Servant “RENEWAL” Course every three (3) years.
Inclusive in the Lay Servant Ministries is a track for Lay Speakers. This track is primarily for those choosing to be Pulpit Supply. The applicable course requirements are: the Basic Course, UM Heritage, Worship, Lead in Prayer, Discovering Spiritual Gifts and Preach.