lay servant ministry


During this time, as the disciples were increasing in numbers by leaps and bounds, hard feelings developed among the Greek-speaking believers—“Hellenists”—toward the Hebrew-speaking believers because their widows were being discriminated against in the daily food lines.  So the Twelve called a meeting of the disciples.”  They said, “It wouldn’t be right for us to abandon or responsibilities for preaching and teaching the Word of God to help with the care of the poor.  So, friends, chose seven men from among you whom everyone trusts, men full of the Holy Spirit and good sense, and we’ll assign them this task.  Meanwhile, we’ll stick to our assigned tasks of prayer and speaking God’s Word.”  Romans 6:1-4

Note:  Although this passage refers to the selection of men, there are many accounts of women in ministry portrayed in the Holy Scriptures.  In the United Methodist Church men, women and youth are allowed to serve in the in the church.  Men and Women are Ordained as Elders and Deacons in our denomination.

Are you looking to serve Jesus in a deeper way?  Perhaps God is calling you to be a Lay Servant Minister.

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 United Methodist Church has established three categories for laypersons in the area of lay servant ministries to develop, prepare, and engage principled Christian leaders or the mission of making disciples for the transformation of the world:

  • Certified Lay Servant
  • Certified Lay Speaker
  • Certified Lay Minister

Certified lay servants who wish to develop their skills further may choose a track to become certified as lay speakers (those who are called to pulpit supply) or as lay ministers (those who are called to long-term, intentional ministry as part of a ministry team).

Click here for a deeper understanding of the three categories.

So, are you interested?  Your next step is to talk to either Pastor Dianne or Pastor Bill about this highly rewarding ministry.  If you have already talked with a pastor, follow the link below.

To register for a class in the gateway districts, you can go to their website from here.

Be inspired here!

Please note:  It is highly advisable that you talk to a pastor as soon as you have registered or contact the District Lay Servant Director, Robin Byron.