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. Classes have just been completed at Turin UMC.  In the next few weeks we will have the 2018 dates posted here.  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.

It is time for Lay Servants to complete the Lay Servant Annual Report.  These must be completed online through Data Services and you must have a lay account in order to do so.  To get to the report, go to the conference website and click on the green "login" button at the top of the page.  If you have a personal password for Data Services, enter it here.  If not, click on the "Create a Lay Account" button on the right.  Once logged in to Data Services, complete the report.  Be sure to print a copy, get signatures and turn in to your pastor so that it can be submitted to the DS at the Charge Conference.  Please remember that due to changes in the program, only those who have completed the Basic course and at least 1 advanced course in the past 3 years can submit the form and be approved as Certified Lay Servant.  The designation of Local Church Lay Servant has been discontinued.


 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 (  For information about lay speaking curriculum, go to