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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)

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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

See January 2018 opportunities below.
Click here for May 2018 opportunities.

Click here for a PDF flyer with January and May opportunities.

Lay Servant Ministries Training - January 19 & 20, 2018
Ordway UMC, 413 Colorado Ave., Ordway, Colorado

Lay Servant Ministries BASIC Course

Facilitators: Rev. Keith Hudiburgh & TBA

Book: Lay Servant Ministries (Participants Book) by Sandy Zigler Jackson & Brian Jackson

This course is foundational for all courses in Lay Servant Ministry. Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship.

Life Together in The United Methodist Connection (United Methodist Polity)

Facilitators: Gene Haning & TBA

Book: The Method of Our Mission by Laceye C. Warner

This course gives participants an overview of the structure and organization of The United Methodist Church.

Schedule: 6:00 p.m. Friday - Check-in, open, introductions and instructions. Please have dinner before arriving. Snacks will be available.

Facilitators and participants will determine when the Friday Sessions will end and set Saturday's start time, allowing for 10 hours of learning.

Lunch will be provided on Saturday.

It is expected that both classes will end no later than 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Cost: There is no charge for either course but participants are expected to purchase their own books (available at Cokesbury, Amazon and other sources). Please order well in advance of the course dates to allow time for delivery and review.

A love offering will be taken to cover lunch and expenses.

Click here to register or call (719) 873-5311

 

Lay Servant Ministries Training - May 11 & 12, 2018
Ordway UMC, 413 Colorado Ave., Ordway, Colorado

Lay Servant Ministries BASIC Course

Facilitators: Rev. Janie Rose & Gene Haning

Book: Lay Servant Ministries (Participants Book) by Sandy Zigler Jackson & Brian Jackson

This course is foundational for all courses in Lay Servant Ministry. Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship.

You Can Preach!

Facilitators: Rev. Nancy Mead & Rev. Calob Rundell

Book: Go Preach! by John P. Gilbert

This course is designed for those who have not completed formal preaching training, for pastors, seeking a basic refresher course, and for others who are called upon to preach in a pastor's absence.

Schedule: 6:00 p.m. Friday - Check-in, open, introductions and instructions. Please have dinner before arriving. Snacks will be available.

Facilitators and participants will determine when the Friday Sessions will end and set Saturday's start time, allowing for 10 hours of learning.

Lunch will be provided on Saturday.

It is expected that both classes will end no later than 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Cost: There is no charge for either course but participants are expected to purchase their own books (available at Cokesbury, Amazon and other sources). Please order well in advance of the course dates to allow time for delivery and review.

A love offering will be taken to cover lunch and expenses.

Click here to register or call (719) 873-5311

 

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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-Lay Leader- Monte Vista UMC
George Gotto - Wiley UMC
Terry McGeeney - SonRise UMC
Nancy Mead - Clergy - Alamosa First UMC
Cindy Snodgrass - Sunshine District Co-Lay Leader- Fowler UMC

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