Lay Servant Ministry

Atlanta Decatur Oxford District
Lay Servant Ministries
2018 Fall Classes
The following three classes will be offered at
Columbia Drive UMC
2067 Columbia Dr., Decatur, GA 30032
Saturdays, September 8, 15, 22
9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Dedication Service
September 22 at 1:00pm
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!
Basic Lay Servant Class   (English and Spanish)
In this introductory course you will be encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended.  We’ll 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. This class offers guidelines for best practices as a church leader and in mission and ministry in the community and in daily life.  (The United Methodist Book of Discipline recommends that all church Lay Leaders take this class.)
Lay Servants Lead in Conflict Resolution – Min. Pat Days, Redan UMC
Every church deals with conflict, both healthy and unhealthy, and lay servants can be equipped and empowered to help lead through those times of conflict as a time of transformation.
Discover Your Spiritual Gifts – Rev. Johnnetta Johnson, Rust Chapel UMC
This course helps participants understand spiritual gifts and how the church can use them to fulfill its mission and ministry.  Participants will also learn what it is to be a spiritual leader and will be equipped to lead others in exploring and using their spiritual gifts. (Required for Certified Lay Speaker)
For more information, simply email
The Atlanta Decatur Oxford District Lay Servant Ministries Team at
or contact the District Office
Call 770-879-9016  or email

 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.