The purpose of Lay Servant Ministries is to enlist, train, guide and support lay servants as they equip and prepare others “for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12)
Lay Servant Ministries is deeply embedded in the history of United Methodism as John Wesley realized the laity could be effective leaders of meetings throughout the church. Roles included leadership in preaching and conducting worship but also leadership in leading studies, visiting the sick, and imprisoned. Lay Servants were encouraged to “watch over one another with love.” The three tenets of Lay Servant Ministries are LEADING, CARING, and COMMUNICATING in mission and ministry within and beyond the United Methodist Church.
May 18 & 19 at Red Mountain UMC in Mesa
Leading Worship – focuses on ministry of Lay Servants who either regularly or occasionally lead a group, class, organization or the congregation in worship.
Leading Bible Study – this course opens a new world for many lay servants who have not had professional training in biblical interpretation. It reminds us as United Methodists that Bible study and biblical interpretation are a core part of our spiritual journey.
Click here to register. Cost is $30 per participant. Participants are responsible for purchasing and reading the text in advance of the course.
Click here for Lay Servant Ministries Training in the Desert Southwest Conference