LAGR Lay Servant Ministry

The LaGrange District has a very active Lay Servant program, led by Mrs. Allison Jones, District Director of Lay Servant Ministries.  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.


Lay Servant Classes:

 The next series of classes will be held on Thursdays, August 1, 8, 15, & 22 at Louise UMC (1189 Hines Road, LaGrange), 6-9pm.  Classes offered will be as follows:

Basic - taught by Mr. Rick Adams, District Lay Leader
Called to Preach - taught by Rev. Jairo Gay, pastor of Louise UMC
Lay Servants as Christian Transformational Leaders - taught by Rev. Elaine Gilbert, pastor of St. Mary UMC

Cost is $40 and includes a light supper prior to the class and all materials.  Brochures have been mailed with registration information.  Deadline to register is July 22.  Contact the District Office for  more information or click here to download a copy of the brochure with registration form.
Click here to register online


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.


Pulpit Supply

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

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(, Allison Jones ( or District Lay Leader, Rick Adams (