Lay Servant Minstries


West District
Lay Servant Academy

Saturday, November 19, 2016 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sullivan First UMC - 107 N Court St, Sullivan

 Click here to register by November 15th! 


Registration fee is $10 per participant. This fee includes refreshments, but not lunch or class materials. Attendees will need to either bring a sack lunch or be prepared to eat out in Sullivan. Registrants are responsible for purchasing and preparing materials ahead of time. Participants will be contacted by class leaders with information on materials needed.


  • BASIC - This class will introduce the participant to the various lay servant ministries in The United Methodist Church. It will help the participant discern which ministries they feel called to serve in, and prepare them for the advanced classes.
    - Led by Jon Overbey 
  • ADVANCED - PREACHING: Message Preparation and Delivery - This course is designed to help prepare, develop, and deliver sermons.
    Led by Rick Pressel   
    Led by Jim Roach



There are no prerequisites for the Beginner Course, just a desire to serve in your church. However, prior to attending an Advanced Course, students must have obtained Local Church Lay Servant status by completing the beginner course and submitting a Lay Speaker Application Form to the District.  


Local Church Lay Servants who wish to obtain Certified status must complete one Advanced Lay Servant School Course. To renew their Certified status, Certified Lay Servants must submit a Lay Servant Report to the District annually and an Advanced Lay Servant School Course at least once every three years.  


Local Church Lay Servants may fill in for the pastor of the church that holds their membership. Certified Lay Servants may fill in for pastors of any United Methodist Church. 

What is a Lay Servant?

A Lay Servant is an active, supportive member of a United Methodist congregation who is eager to be in ministry through the church. He/she is well-informed on scripture, doctrine, heritage, organization and life of the United Methodist Church and is committed to witnessing through church and community leadership, care giving ministries and spoken communication. A Lay Servant is willing to initiate ministry in partnership with clergy and other Lay Servants and willing to improve his/her skills for service.

How do Lay Servants serve?

This ministry goes beyond filling in for the pastor or speaking in public. Lay Servant Ministries offer many options for serving in roles other than the traditional pulpit supply. Teaching, serving, training, leading, participating, caring, loving and communicating are now integral parts of Lay Servant Ministries. With so many avenues of training, Lay Servant Ministries offers valuable education equipping United Methodists for all facets of lay ministry.

Consider taking a class.

From time to time classes are offered in various subject areas throughout the conference. Starting with the basic class, one can then go on to advanced classes and go on to broader service as a Certified Lay Servant. God calls us and through continued development equips us to be Lay Servants. Lay Servant class schedules may be found here.

Just want to learn?

You are always welcome to participate in a class just for the sake of learning.  Our classes are open to everyone.