The LaGrange District has a very active Lay Servant program, led by Mrs. Allison Jones, District Director of Lay Servant Ministries. Below are dates for upcoming Lay Servant classes and events. Brochures and registration forms for classes will be mailed to all pastors and current lay speakers at least one month prior to the start of the class. Watch the website for more details.
March 4 & 18, 2017 - Basic and advanced courses will be offered at this 2-day session, 9am - 3:30pm. Advanced courses offered will be "From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon" (Preaching course taught by Rev. Yolanda Jones-Colton) and "Transforming Evangelism" (UM Heritage course taught by Rev. Angie Crummie). The Basic Course will be taught by Mrs. Vicki Holder. Due to a scheduling conflict, courses on March 4 will be held at Warren Temple UMC (416 E. Depot St., LaGrange) and courses on March 18 will be held at LaGrange First UMC (401 Broad St., in the Methodist Ministries Center). Registration for the 2-day classes is $40 and registration Deadline is February 22.
Lay Servant Recognition Dinner - Friday, March 24 at Moreland UMC, 6:30pm. All current, approved Lay Servants are invited as guests of the district. Pastors and other guests are welcome to attend at a charge of $8 per person for dinner. Certificates will be presented to all Lay Servants and a program will be presented by DS, Rev. Carol Cook. All reservations must be made through the District Office no later than March 17.
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017, 7-9pm, location TBA. Basic, advance and refresher courses will be offered.
Anyone wishing to be approved as a Lay Servant for 2017 must complete the Annual Report Form and turn in to their pastor prior to Charge Conference. The form should be completed online through Data Services, printed and signed, and turned in to your pastor at least 1 week prior to your Charge Conference. The form has been revised!
At the 2016 General Conference legislation was passed changing the designations of the Lay Servant program. Below are the various categories of Lay Servants along with descriptions and requirements for each.
A Lay Servant is a professing member of a local church or charge who is ready and desirous to serve the Church and who is well informed on and committed to the Scriptures and the doctrine, heritage, organization, and life of the United Methodist Church and who has received specific training to develop skills in witnessing to the Christian faith through spoken communication, church and community leadership and care-giving ministries. An applicant must be active in the support of the local church or charge. For more specific information on the duties and responsibilities of a Lay Servant, refer to paragraph 266 of the 2016 Book of Discipline.
Certified Lay Servant - has completed the Basic course and at least 1 advanced course. In order to remain certified, an advanced course must be completed every 3 years.
Certified Lay Speaker - a certified lay servant who is called and equipped to provide pulpit supply in the absence of a pastor. In addition to the certified lay servant requirements, the lay speaker must complete 6 of the following classes: Worship, Prayer, Discovering Spiritual Gifts, Preaching, United Methodist Heritage and Polity. They must also be approved by a district and conference committee. Additional information and applications for those seeking approval as Certified Lay Speaker are available through the District Office.
Click here for a copy of the letter mailed 3/2/17 to all approved lay servants explaining the changes that were approved at the 2016 General Conference.
The District Lay Servant program is able to provide approved persons to fill pulpits in district churches when the pastor is away. For more information, contact the District Office or the District Lay Servant Ministries Director, Allison Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board of Laity typically offers both the Basic class and an advanced class twice a year. Classes are held at local churches throughout the District. Brochures are mailed to all pastors and current lay servants about one month prior to the classes.
For more information about the Lay Servant program, contact the District Office(email@example.com), Allison Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) or District Lay Leader, Rick Adams (email@example.com). For information about lay speaking curriculum, go to www.layspeakingministries.org/curriculumpage.html