Lay Servant Ministry

Atlanta Decatur Oxford District

Upcoming Lay Servant Classes – 2019/2020

Schedule is subject to change


September 2019

Snellville UMC

2428 Main St

Snellville, GA 30278


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

Basic Lay Servant Class

Conflict Resolution

Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (Polity)




January 2020

Covington 1st UMC

1113 Conyers St. SW

Covington, GA 30014

January 4, 11, 18, 25 - 9:00 – 12:00

Basic Lay Servant Class

Leading Public Prayer

Discovering your Spiritual Gifts

Lay Servants as Christian Transformational Leaders


March 2020

Columbia Drive UMC

2067 Columbia Drive

Decatur, GA 30032


February 29, March 7, and March 14 - 9:00 am – 1:30pm

Basic Lay Servant Class

Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition

Living Our United Methodist Beliefs

               ONLINE COURSES

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 3-Augst 31, 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 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 by emailing