LAGR Lay Servant Ministry

The LaGrange District has a very active Lay Servant program. Brochures and registration forms for classes will be mailed to all pastors and current lay servants at least one month prior to the start of the class.  Watch the website for more details.  Julia Morrison-Morgan is the District Director of Lay Servant Ministry.  She can be reached at 


Lay Servant /Speaker Classes:

The District Committee on Lay Speaking Ministry will be conducting interviews on Thursday, October 3 for those who meet the requirements to become Certified Lay Speakers.  In order to submit an application, you must have completed the 6 required courses and be prepared to present a brief sermon at the interview.  If you are interested, click here for an application or contact the District Office or Julia Morrison-Morgan, ( District Director of Lay Servant Ministries.  All applications and required documentation must be submitted no later than September 25.


Thank you to Louise UMC for hosting the most recent Lay Servant classes.  There were a total of 35 participants.  We are grateful to Rev. Jairo Gay (Louise), Rev. Elaine Gilbert (St. Mary) and Mr. Rick Adams, (District Lay Leader) for teaching the classes.  The next series of classes will be offered March 5, 12, 19, & 26, 2020 at the Turin UMC.  Watch the website for the specific classes that will be taught.


The North Georgia Conference Lay Servant Ministries is offering several online courses throughout the coming year.  These courses will be delivered over the Internet using a selected software platform, which means that you can take them from your home at a time that is most convenient for you within a limited period of time. Courses are 5 weeks in length, and the time for completing assignments will vary based on individual preparation, involvement, and participation.  Cost for the courses is $62 plus books.  Courses being offered include:

   Spiritual Gifts – July 8-August 12, 2019
   UM Heritage – August 5 - Septembe 2, 2019
   UM Polity – October 7-November 4, 2019
   Social Principles – February 10-March 9, 2020
   Leading Public Prayer – May 4-June 1, 2020

These are all advanced courses and do require completion of the Basic course prior to registering.  To register for a course, go to  For more information, contact Ollie Manley at or Kay Haugen at Click here to download a brochure with information.  If you do complete one of these courses, be sure to notify the District Office.

Lay Servant Annual Reports
All Certified Lay Servants and Lay Speakers are reminded that you must complete an Annual Report form to be submitted and approved at your Charge Conference.  Forms should be completed online through Data Services using a Lay Account (personal email address as the user ID).  

 Lay Servant Ministry

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.  The next interviews for Certified Lay Speaker candidates is scheduled for October 3.  Complete applications must be submitted to the District Office 1 week prior.


Lay Servant Classes in the LaGrange District

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 at 706-882-3343 or