Lay Servants & Leaders

A 5-week  Basic Course will be offered through lent, February 19- March 19, 2018.

Evolution UMC in St. Joseph will be hosting and providing a meal.

$25 Fee

5:30PM- Meal

6:00-8:00PM Class 

In past years, the primary task of lay servants was pulpit supply, however now Lay Servant Ministries encompasses much more. To participate in Lay Servant Ministries, a person need not commit to preaching. Lay servant training areas include evangelism, stewardship, devotional life, missions, caring ministries, Christian education, Christian leadership, administration, United Methodist heritage, as well as preaching and worship planning.

If you, or someone in your congregation is interested in Lay Servant Training, please click here for the registration form. 

Methodism began as a lay movement.  From lay preachers and class leaders in England, through lay witness missions in the United States, to Volunteers in Mission teams and lay speakers of today, laity have provided vital leadership to further the mission of the church.

This section of the website contains resources and information primarily for Lay Leaders and Lay Servant Ministries, as well as helpful information for all lay people interested in the fruitfulness of the church’s ministry.  

What is a Lay Leader? 

Click here to view the official job description of a Lay Leader in a local church. If you have any questions, please contact our district Lay Leader, John Miller. See contact information in the right side bar. 

What does it mean to be a Lay Servant and a Lay Speaker? 

Lay Servants are to serve the local church or charge in any way in which their witness or leadership and service inspires the laity to deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship. This includes the interpretation of scriptures, doctrine, organization, and ministries of the church. The Northwest District sponsors basic and advanced courses to help laity learn more about their gifts and talents to better serve the church. For more information about the Fall training, on Oct 28 and Nov 4, please click here. Courses Approved by GBOD for Advanced Courses

Please see for approved courses including Multimedia Technology, Growing Spiritually Through Daily Discipline, Leading Worship, Biblical Storytelling, and more. The courses are well done they take significant effort to complete. And check with your district director. Online courses may not be approved for certification for two consecutive three-year periods.

Lay Servant Ministry Resources

Click here for GBOD Resources

Click the links below to view the Lay Speaker's Annual Report  form for the report of the lay speaker to charge conference.