Lay Servant Ministries
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.
Classes are offered regularly 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. Information regarding Lay Servant Ministry classes throughout the conference may be found here or by contacting your District Director of Lay Servant Ministries.
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.