Central District Lay Servant School

2018 Fall Lay Servant School - May 12 at Southport UMC

What is Lay Servant School?

Lay Servant School and Lay Servant Ministries are for anyone interested in learning or polishing ministry skills relating to speaking, teaching, leading, caring, and leadership. Lay Servants serve the local church in any way in which their witness, leadership, and service inspire the laity to deeper commitment to Christ and more effective leadership.

What are the courses offered? 

Lay Servant School offers a variety of workshops, starting with the Basic course. Advanced courses include Prayer, United Methodist Polity, Preaching 1, and Preaching 2. Read the course descriptions.

Where is it being held?

Southport UMC 

1947 E Southport Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46227

How do I sign up? 

Registration for the Central District’s fall school will be available online SOON.

  • Online registration is strongly preferred. This makes it much easier for our district and conference staff to process all registrations and make sure all of your information is accurately entered in the system.
  • We need to receive all registrations, so we can plan properly for classroom space, lunches, etc.

How much is it?

Registration is $23 per person. This includes lunch and helps us recover costs for custodial, administrative, and other fees. 

Each participant is responsible for purchasing the book that is required for his or her class.

  • All participants are strongly encouraged to purchase books in advance and bring them to the school.
  • Books can be purchased through Cokesbury.com or Amazon.com.
  • If you need assistance, contact Anthony Swinger at anthonyswinger@yahoo.com or 317-372-4991.

Child care is available on a pre-registration basis ONLY.

  • If you think you will need child care, please indicate this when registering. Make sure we have the names and ages of each child. Please also bring a bag lunch for each child. We cannot provide lunch for children because of allergy concerns. 

What is the day's schedule like?

The day will begin with fellowship and refreshments from 8:00 until 8:30. Opening worship will start at 8:30. Classes will last from 9:00 until 2:30, with a brief lunch break in the late morning. We will close with Communion and prayer at 2:30.

How do I become a Certified Lay Servant or Certified Lay Speaker? 

The requirements to be a Certified Lay Servant or Certified Lay Speaker were redefined by the 2016 General Conference.

To become a Certified Lay Servant:

  • Complete the Basic Course and also complete at least one Advanced Course.
  • Each Advanced Course counts as 10 hours of coursework, including class time, worship/fellowship times at the Lay Servant School, and a homework/reading assignment that will vary by class.
  • Submit an annual report outlining your ministry activities to your local Charge Conference.

To maintain CLS status, a candidate must complete a minimum of 10 hours of coursework (at least 1 Advanced Course) every three years.

To become a Certified Lay Speaker:

  • Complete 6 specific Advanced Classes: Preaching 1, Polity, Spiritual Gifts, United Methodist History/Heritage, Worship, and Prayer.
  • Submit an annual report outlining your ministry activities to your local Charge Conference.
  • Additional Preaching classes are not required to become a Certified Lay Speaker but are offered for those who wish to further hone their preaching skills.
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