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Whoever serves me must follow me. Wherever I am, there my servant will also be.
My Father will honor whoever serves me. (John 12:26 CEB)

About Lay Servant Ministry   Lay Servant Training      Distict LSM Committee

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About Lay Servant Ministries

A Lay Servant is:
* A professing member of a local church or charge who is ready and desirous to serve the church
* Eager to serve the church, the community, and the world
* Well-informed on and committed to the Scriptures and the doctrine, heritage, organization, and life of The United Methodist Church
* Trained in witnessing to the Christian faith through spoken communication, church and community leadership, and care giving ministries
* Active in the support of the local church or charge

The video (MP4) below was created by Brian Riecke for the Peaks Subdistrict of the Rocky Mountain Conference UMC. It showcases several Lay Servants and gives a good overview of the variety of service opportunities Lay Servants fill.

Chuck Knows Church #84 (YouTube video) explains the history of Lay Servant Ministries (including name changes) and tells a little of what a Lay Servant does.

 

Lay Servant Ministries Categories

Certified Lay Servant Certified Lay Speaker Certified Lay Minister
Serves the local church or charge (and/or beyond) and:
* Provides program leadership, assistance and support
* Leads meetings for prayer, training, study, and discussion
* Conducts, or assists in conducting, services of worship, preaches the Word, or gives addresses
* Provides congregational and community leadership and fosters caring ministries
* Assist in the distribution of the elements of Holy Communion
* Teaches the Scriptures, doctrine, organization, and ministries of The United Methodist Church.
Serves by preaching the Word when requested by the pastor, district superintendent, or committee on Lay Servant Ministries, in accordance and compliance with ¶341.1. As part of a ministry team with supervision and support of a clergy person:
*Conducts public worship
* Cares for the congregation
* Develops new faith communities
* Preaches the Word
* Leads small groups
* Establishes outreach ministries
* Engages in specialized ministries after appropriate training such as in parish nursing and church planting
* Assists in program Leadership
Requirements for Certification:
* Pastor and church council or charge conference recommendation
* Lay Servant Ministries BASIC course
* District committee on Lay Servant Ministries or equivalent structure (see ¶ 668.3) approval
Requirements for Certification:
* Certified as a lay servant (or equivalent as defined by his or her central conference)
*Pastor and church council or charge conference recommendation
* Completion of a track of study as defined in ¶267.3.c.
* Conference committee on Lay Servant Ministries approval after interview with and recommendation from the district committee on Lay Servant Ministries
Requirements for Certification:
* Certified as a lay servant, lay missioner (or equivalent as defined by his or her central conference)
* Pastor and church council or charge conference recommendation
* Completion of a track of study as defined in ¶268
* District Superintendent recommendation
* Appropriate screening & assessment
* Conference committee on Lay Servant Ministries approval after interview with and recommendation from the district committee on Ordained Ministry
Requirements for Renewal:
* Annual report & renewal application
* Pastor and church council or charge conference recommendation
* Lay Servant Ministries advanced course in the last three years
* District committee on Lay Servant Ministries, or equivalent structure (see ¶ 668.3) approval
Requirements for Renewal:
* Annual report & renewal application
*Pastor and church council or charge conference recommendation
* Lay Servant Ministries advanced course in the last three years
* Conference committee on Lay Servant Ministries approval every three years after interview with and recommendation from the district committee on Lay Servant Ministries
Requirements for Renewal:
* Annual report
*Pastor and church council or charge conference recommendation
* Ministry review
* Lay Servant Ministries advanced course or approved continuing education event annually
* District Superintendent recommendation
* Conference committee on Lay Servant Ministries approval every two years after interview with and recommendation from district committee on Ordained Ministry

For a PDF of the above table, click here.

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Lay Servant Ministry Training Opportunities

Tentative plans are for the next Lay Servant Training in Trinity District to be in the spring in La Veta. Lay Servant Ministries Basic and an advance course will be offered.
Please call Gene at (719) 873-531l for more information

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Trinity District Lay Servant Ministry Committee Information

Lay Servant Ministries Committee Members

Gene Haning - LSM District Director - Monte Vista UMC
     P.O. Box 21
     South Fork, CO 81154
     (719) 873-5311
     gene@TrinityLSM.org

Margaret Gillikin - Trinity District Superintendent
Jerry Clare - Sunshine District Co-director - Monte Vista UMC
George Gotto - Wiley UMC
Terry McGeeney - SonRise UMC
Nancy Mead - Clergy - Alamosa First UMC
Cindy Snodgrass - Sunshine District Co-director - Fowler UMC

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Disclaimer:
This website is not an official publication of the Trinity District, Rocky Mountain Annual Conference or The United Methodist Church. Also, this page is always changing and suggestions are welcome. Please send your ideas to
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