A CERTIFIED LAY SERVANT IS…
A Certified Lay Servant serves the local church or charge and beyond in ways in which their witness,leadership, and service inspires others to a deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship.
Through this program you will become better prepared to:
- Provide leadership, assistance & support to program emphases.
- Lead meetings for prayer, training, study and discussion when requested by Pastor, District Superintendent or Committee on Lay Servant Ministries.
- Conduct or assist in worship or preaching when requested by Pastor.
- Work with committees and teams that provide congregational and community leadership or caring ministries.
- Assist with distribution of the elements of Holy Communion upon request of Pastor.
- Teach the Scriptures, doctrine, organization and ministries of the UMC.
TO BECOME A CERTIFIED LAY SERVANT
- Obtain recommendation from Pastor and Church Council or Charge Conference of the church in which you are a member.
- Complete the “Introduction to Lay Ministries: The Basic Course.”
- Complete 1 advanced Lay Servant Ministries course.
- Apply to and have qualifications reviewed by the district committee on lay servant ministries.
- To keep certification, you must take an approved advance class every 3 years.
Click here to get the 2017 Charge Conference form for Lay Servants.