North East Lay Leadership

District Lay Leader

Kim Powell (678)617-2555


                                  Director of Lay Servant Ministries

Kay Haugen (706)983-9343


                               Committee on Lay Servant Ministries

Kenneth Bradley

Diane Gilbert

Kim Hudgins Rev. Craig Murray

Frank Zimmeman

Ernest Craig - Co-Chair

Kay Haugen - Chair

Jaye Masters Mary Williams




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

  • Courses now open for registration
  • 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. 
  • The Bishop's Emerging Leaders of North Georgia (BELONG) program had a great pilot year even in the midst of a global pandemic, and this year’s planning team is excited to launch a second cohort in fall 2021. 

    The goal of BELONG is to connect and equip laity for leadership, both in the work we are already called to and that which we can’t yet predict. As United Methodists, we know our denomination is living with tension and facing an unknown horizon. How do we prepare ourselves to show up, pay attention, and cooperate with God? How do we meet this moment with compassion, competence, and insight about where we have already been? 

    BELONG focuses on building an effective toolkit for leadership based in spiritual practice and centered on knowledge of church history, theology, and polity; connection with other lay people; engagement in justice and restorative practices; and spiritual formation and leadership development. 

  • If you would like to participate, visit the application form:  

  • If you would like to suggest a lay person who should receive an invitation to apply, visit the nomination form: 

Leadership UMC & Advanced umc

  • Sponsored by Conference Board of Laity ~LUMC & ADVANCED LUMC~  are designed to strengthen the involvement of laity in the life of the church.

  • LUMC is to equip the emerging lay leadership to learn the foundational building blocks that are essentials for partnering with clergy in mission and ministry in the local church.     
  • ADVANCED LUMC is the "next steps" after graduation from LUMC to enhance knowledge of "what, when, where, why and how"  in the Methodist church through 20+ mini-seminars that provide second level comprehensive resources and "need to know" information.  ADVANCED LUMC graduates have a wide spectrum of knowledge for moving into district, conference and global areas of service.