Lay Servant Ministries

 

A Certified Lay Servant…

  • is a professing member of a local church
  • desires to serve God’s mission for the world through the Church
  • knows and is committed to Scripture, and to the doctrine, heritage, organization, and life of The United Methodist Church
  • serves through their witness, leadership, and service inspiring others to a deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship
  • is prepared to undertake one or more of the following functions :
    • provide leadership, assistance, and support to the ministries of their local congregation;
    • lead meetings for prayer, training, study, and discussion;
    • conduct or assist in conducting services of worship;
    • preach the Word or offer devotions;
    • work with others in the congregation and community to provide leadership for and foster caring ministries;
    • assist in the distribution of the elements of Holy Communion upon request by the pastor;
    • teach the Scriptures, doctrine, organization, and ministries of The United Methodist Church

A Certified Lay Speaker…

  • is a Certified Lay Servant
  • serves by preaching the Word when invited by the pastor, the District Superintendent, or the Committee on Lay Servant Ministries

A Certified Lay Minister…

  • is a Certified Lay Servant
  • serves a in a local church or ministry setting
  • conducts worship
  • offers leadership
  • assigned by the District Superintendent

 

How to become a first time Certified Lay SERVANT

I am already a Certified Lay SERVANT and need to maintain my certification

  • Complete an Annual Report for the Charge Conference of your Local Church
  • Receive recommendation for renewal from the Pastor and Charge Conference of your Local Church
  • Complete an Advanced Course in Lay Servant Training once every three years.

How to become a first time Certified Lay SPEAKER

  • Have a conversation with your pastor
  • Complete the WNCC Lay Servant Training Questions and Form
  • Complete the Basic Course in Lay Servant Training, and 6 Advanced Courses in each of the following areas:
    • Leading Worship
    • Leading Public Prayer
    • Discovering Spiritual Gifts
    • Preaching
    • UMC Heritage
    • UMC Polity
  • Receive approval from the Pastor and the Charge Conference of your Local Church
  • Receive approval from the District and Conference Lay Servant Ministries Committee

I am already a Certified Lay SPEAKER and need to maintain my certification

  • Complete an Annual Report for the Charge Conference of your Local Church
  • Receive a recommendation for renewal from the Pastor and the Charge Conference of your Local Church
  • Complete an Advanced Course once every three years
  • Receive a recommendation for renewal from the District and Conference Lay Servant Ministries Committee every three years
 
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