Lay Servant Training will be offered on September 28 at St. Mark’s UMC in Marshall, TX. Lay Servants (some are also referred to as Lay Speakers) fill all sorts of roles within their congregations of the United Methodist Church. Information about being a lay servant is listed below. See the attached PDF flyer for more information on the event.
Types of Lay Servants
Local Church Lay Servants: serve in and through their local churches. To be recognized as a local church lay servant, one must be recommended by his/her pastor and church council or charge conference, and complete the Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course. Each participant must reapply annually, reporting on service rendered and learning achieved during the year. Every three years the lay servant must complete a refresher course or continuing education course relating to his/her ministry.
Certified Lay Servants: serve in their own churches, in other churches, and through districtor conference projects and programs. This offers them the opportunity to expand their outreach and to enrich their ministry through the various advanced courses. To be recognized as a certified lay servant, one must be recommended by his/her
pastor and church council or charge conference and complete the Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course as well as one Learning & Leading (Lay Servant Advanced) Course. Each lay servant must report and be renewed annually, and he/she must complete at least one Advanced Course every three years.
Lay speakers: must meet the requirements listed for certified lay servant. In addition, they must complete the required courses after the Basic Course: Discovering Spiritual Gifts, Planning Worship, Leading Prayer, Preaching, Living Our United Methodist Beliefs, and United Methodist Polity.