AMRY Lay Servant Ministries

Lay Servant Ministries challenges participants to grow in their faith by exploring, learning, and developing skills to serve Christ in their local church and beyond.  Ephesians 4:11-12 says:

The gifts he (Christ) gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the Body of Christ.

Through the Lay Servant Ministries, we seek to fulfill the divine call to build up the Body of Christ through teaching and equipping disciples to serve in their local church and beyond.  We are growing disciples!

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Click here for information on the required Annual Report of Lay Servants

The Atlanta Emory District offers classes twice a year (Spring and Fall) which are publicized in advance on the district and conference websites.  We also offer classes throughout the year as we seek to meet the growing interests of churches in our district.  If your church is interested in hosting a class or if you would like to be on the email list for classes, please contact our District Director of Lay Servant Ministries, Elaine Robbins, or our Associate Director of Lay Servant Ministries, Janet Wright; both can be reached by email at

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  Classes Scheduled for Fall 2016 

Class sessions will be on three Saturdays, October 1, 8, and 15   from   9am – 1pm

at Berkmar United Methodist Church

675 Pleasant Hill Road, Lilburn 30047

All classes are $40 which includes all three sessions and all materials. 

You must attend all three sessions in their entirety to graduate.


BASIC* (required before taking any advanced classes)

                This course is foundational for ALL courses in Lay Servant Ministries.  Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices,  and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship. (The United Methodist Book of Discipline recommends that all church Lay Leaders take this class.)

* Pastor’s recommendation is required for this class.


Advanced Class:  Polity: Life Together in the United Methodist Church 

Why does the UMC do things the way it does?  This Course will help you to get your bearings and to consider some of the structural challenges The United Methodist Church faces in the 21st century.


Advanced Class:  Leading in Prayer 

 For many people, praying in public is a test of faith left to the “professionals” of the church.  This course on praying in public will help the participant grow in confidence and skill in prayer both public and personal.


Bring an attitude open to learning, to meeting new people, and to sharing with others

as we seek stronger connection as God’s People!


Annual Report of Lay Servant Ministers

The annual report to be completed by all new and continuing Lay Servants for Charge Conference
 has been updated, so there will not be any confusion about which form to use.  

The form is available online through data services.  
Each individual involved in Lay Servant Ministries will have (or create) their own personal log-in for Data Services
                                                           using the bright green Log-In button in the upper right-hand corner                                                                 of the Conference webpages as well as the district webpage.  
The records will be saved online from year to year and will also update in the Conference database.

Because the form requires signatures,
 it will still need to be printed and signed by the Lay Servant.
  It will then be submitted to the church office to be signed by the pastor
 and to be included in the church’s Charge Conference paperwork to be given to the DS.
  Please note that the DS will not sign the form unless it already has both signatures (Lay Servant and Pastor).
  If there are Lay Servants who do not use a computer, 
please make arrangements for them to complete the form in the church office;
 it should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. They may also make arrangements to complete the form at the district office.

If you have any questions, please contact our District Director of Lay Servant Ministries, Elaine Robbins,
 by email to or contact me at the district office