Lay Servant Ministry

Lay Servant Classes

March/ April 2019

Columbia Drive UMC

Mar 30, April 6, 13 - 9:00 am – 1:30pm

  • Basic – Min. Carol Standard
    This course is foundational for all courses in lay servant ministries. Participants are encouraged to
    discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to 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.
    Lay Servants as Christian Transformational Leaders – Rev. Eric L. Powell
    This course will guide lay servants seeking to be more empowered to lead their congregations toward vitality.
    This class will meet Thursday, April 4 instead of Saturday April 6
    Leading Worship 
    This course focuses on the ministry of the lay servant who either regularly or occasionally
    leads a group or congregation in worship.
  • Cost is $40


Registration Closes March 27 at 4:00 pm


September 2019

Snellville UMC

September 7, 14, 21 – 9:00 am – 1:30 pm


Transforming Evangelism

Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (Polity)


January 2020

Covington 1st UMC

January 4, 11, 18, 25 - 9:00 – 12:30 


Leading Public Prayer

Leading in Pastoral Care


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 by emailing