New Document (pdf) describing the Lay Servant Certification Process, including requirements to become a Certified Lay Speaker.
History Lay servant ministry has existed in the United Methodist Church since 1959, but its origins date back to the very beginnings of the church. The office of exhorter, was recognized in the 1784 Book of Discipline of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The office known as lay speaker was first recognized in the1948 Book of Discipline. The 2012 United Methodist General Conference renamed the ministry from Lay Speaking to Lay Servants because the responsibilities of a lay speaker have expanded beyond speaking.
Today All Lay Servants must submit a report of their ministry activities at their Church/Charge Conference.
Download this form: Lay Servant Annual Conference Report Form. Complete it and turn it in to your pastor for your Annual Church/Charge Conference.
The Lay Servant Academy is a comprehensive developmental program for laity that helps people identify their calls to ministry and develop skills in caring, leading and communicating ministries. It is often the turning point for lay people who are seeking to offer significant service to both church and community. Training sessions are held throughout the conference. If you feel called to serve your church in a more formal leadership position, we hope you’ll join the 600+ Lay Servants in our conference.
How to Become a Certified Lay Minister
Conference Director of Lay Servants: Roger L. Curless firstname.lastname@example.org
Aurora District Director: Rae Kipper email@example.com
Chicago Northwestern District Director: Cynthia Barron firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicago Southern District Director: Irma Clark email@example.com
DeKalb District Director: Gale Brandner firstname.lastname@example.org
Elgin District Director: Eusebio Camacho email@example.com
Rockford District Director: Leslie Stanford firstname.lastname@example.org