Lay Servant Ministry

P.T. Wilson, Southeast Director of Lay Servant Ministries

For a complete list of those available for pulpit supply, please call the District Center at 877-781-6714 or email southeast.district@inumc.org 

Title Requirements
Local Church Lay Servant
Serve primarily in the local congregation

1. Pastor and charge conference approval.
2. Complete the Basic Course in LSM.
3. File annual report
4. Take a refresher course every 3 years.

  

Certified Lay Servant
Local Church Lay Servants who have taken an 
advanced course in LSM; serve in the local congregation
and beyond

1. Pastor and charge conference approval.
2. Take an advanced course after the Basic Course
3. File annual report
4. Complete 1 advanced course every 3 years

  

 Lay Speaker
Certified Lay Servants who provide pulpit supply
Required Courses:  Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts, Leading Prayer,
Preaching, Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM Heritage), Leading
Worship, Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (UM Polity)

 (are Certified Lay Servants)
1
. Pastor and charge conference approval
2. Complete the required courses for lay speaker
3. Interview with District Committee on LSM
4. Approved by Annual Conference Committee on Lay Servant Ministries
5. File annual report
6. Every 3 years complete 1 advanced course and interview with District Committee on LSM

  

 Certified Lay Minister
Certified Lay Speaker or Servant who is assigned by the District Superintendent to a particular ministry within the district or
annual conference

 (Certified Lay Servant - recommended)
1. Pastor and charge conference approval
2. DS approval
3. Apply to District Committee on Ordained Ministry
4. Complete required course work
5. Certified by District Committee on Ordained Ministry
6. Recertify every 2 years

  


Course Availability - Discovering Spiritual Gifts, Leading Prayer, Preaching, and Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM Heritage) are already available.  Leading Worship and UM Polity are in development. 

The plan is to make all but the Preaching course available online at www.beadisciple.com in order to facilitate the process for certified lay servants to meet the lay speaker requirements.