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.
Upcoming Training: Click on a date for details of time and location.
Training is offered every month except June and December in the East and West Districts. Click here to learn more about the Lay Servant Training Opportunity in the Desert Southwest Conference.