by Allie Lakey, North District Lay Servant Director
Lay Servant Ministries in North District has a mission! Our goal is to equip lay servants to serve in the local church or charge in any way in which their witness or leadership and service will inspire all laity to a deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship. Lay servants minister in many ways, including interpretation of scriptures, doctrine, organization, and ministries of the church.
The Basic Course is the starting point. After that, to become a Certified Lay Servant you will participate in an advanced course within three years. Thereafter, the Certified Lay Servant continues her/his education by enrolling in an advanced course at least every three years. Some lay servants choose to pursue the requirements to become a Certified Lay Speaker, or even Certified Lay Minister. There are specific courses, interviews, and approvals that are part of the path to Certified Lay Speaker and Certified Lay Minister. If you are interested in those opportunities, please speak with your pastor, contact me, or communicate with North District Superintendent Dan Morley.
Lay Servants in any of the categories must submit an annual report and request approval to begin or renew certification. The normal time to receive that approval is at your annual church conference. If there is some reason you were unable to submit your report at your annual church conference and you have completed the required courses within the appropriate time frame, talk with your pastor and submit your report to the church council for their consideration.
You can find the annual report form on the Conference website. Go to https://dscumc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Certified-Lay-Servant-Annual-Report.pdf
Lay Servant Servant Ministries directly contributes to the achievement of the Strategic Direction of the Desert Southwest Conference.
In order to achieve our purpose, we will:
* Recruit and train current and emerging leaders among the laity.
* Foster partnerships between lay and clergy leaders.
* Network among and between districts to provide quality training at times and in places that will be most effective and reach the most people.
* Serve as a resource for conference and district lay and clergy leaders to promote understanding and effective utilization of the Ministries of Lay Servants
The North District Lay Servant Ministries Team will meet soon to schedule courses and locations of academies for 2018. If your church is interested in hosting an academy, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.