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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.

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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 

Aurora District Director: Rae Kipper

Chicago Northwestern District Director: vacant

Chicago Southern District Director: Irma Clark

DeKalb District Director: Rev. John Meyer

Elgin District Director: Eusebio Camacho

Rockford District Director: Leslie Stanford

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