The 2018 Lay Servant Ministries Classes for the East and West Districts are open for registration.
Click here for Lay Servant Ministries Training in the Desert Southwest Conference
Click here to download the East/West Lay Servant Ministries brochure
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.
Lay Servants serves the local congregation and beyond. They are recommended by the Pastor and approval by the Charge Conference. They must have taken the Basic Course and at least one advanced course. They are required to file an annual report and must complete one advanced course every three years.