Lay Servant Ministries is one of the most significant lay leadership development programs already available within the United Methodist Connection. Through this system of equipping and empowering, lay servants have the opportunity to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ who then go and make other disciples. Read more on the Lay Servant Certification Process, including requirements to become a Certified Lay Speaker.
All Lay Servants must submit a report of their ministry activities at their Church/Charge Conference.
- CERTIFIED-LAY-SERVANT-ANNUAL_REPORT (pdf) – complete, print & submit to DS at church conference
- LAY SPEAKER ANNUAL REPORT (pdf) – complete, print & submit to DS at church conference
- CERTIFIED LAY MINISTER REPORT REPORT (pdf) – complete, print & submit to DS at church conference
In 2016 the General Conference of The United Methodist Church approved legislation to change paragraphs related to Lay Servant Ministries and Certified Lay Ministry to bring about clarity, consistency, and collaboration. The adopted legislation streamlines and simplifies the processes for people to become certified lay servants, certified lay speakers, and certified lay ministers. This will bring the number of categories to three: certified lay servant, certified lay speaker, and certified lay minister. These changes are reflected in the new brochure. Click to download.
- 2017 Lay Servant Resources
- Certified Lay Servant Flow Chart – 2016
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.
Conference Director of Lay Servants: Peggy Hansen firstname.lastname@example.org
Aurora District Director: Rae Kipper email@example.com
Chicago Northwestern District Director: Selena Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicago Southern District Director: Irma Clark email@example.com
DeKalb District Director: Rev. John Meyer firstname.lastname@example.org
Elgin District Director: Eusebio Camacho email@example.com
Rockford District Director: Leslie Stanford firstname.lastname@example.org