Lay Servant Definition

Lay Servant Ministries


God calls every one of us to proclaim the presence and power of God through all that we say and do. How is God calling you to serve? With so many avenues of training, Lay Servant Ministries (Previously called Lay Speaking Ministries) offers you a valuable education in multiple ministry areas.

A Lay Servant is …
- An active, supportive (professing) member of a United Methodist church;
- Eager to serve the church, community, and world;
- Well-informed on Scripture and on the doctrine, heritage, organization, and life of The United Methodist Church;
- Committed to witnessing through church and community leadership, care-giving ministries, and spoken communication;
- Willing to improve his/her skills by training for service.


Lay Servant Ministry is more than just speaking!
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.


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.

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