South East Lay Servant

Online courses are educational opportunities for lay servants to engage in learning opportunities in a virtual environment.  The courses are delivered over the Internet using a selected software platform which means that you can take some of the advanced courses from your home, work, or at a time that is most convenient for you within a limited time frame.  Online courses are 5 weeks in length, and the time for completing assignments will vary based on individual preparation, involvement and participation.  All online courses are open to your schedule with 24/7 access.  To register for a course, go to:  https//, course cost-$62.00 (this does not include books and other resources), courses must be paid for with credit or debit card.  For additional information, contact Ollie Manley or Kay Haugen

Conflict Resolution ~ Summer July 13-August 17 - Facilitator Sharon White 

Transforming Evangelism ~ Fall September 14-October 19 - Facilitator Ollie Manley 

Heritage~ Winter January 18-February 22 - Facilitator Mary Williams

Lay Servants as Transformational Leaders - Spring March 1-April 12 - Facilitator Marjorie Woods

Spiritual Gifts ~ Spring May 3-June 7 - Facilitator Kay Haugen

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 Sept. 12 & 19, 2020 at Young Memorial UMC ~ 9:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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Advanced Lay Servant Class ~ Prayer ~ Oct. 3 & 10th ~ 9:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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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. For those seeking approval as Certified Lay Speaker click here for the Certified Lay Servant Application 

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 Lay Servant Ministries Director, Terry Hale at

Lay Servant Classes in the Augusta District:

The Board of Laity typically offers both the Basic class and an advanced class during the year.  Classes are held at local churches throughout the District.  Registration brochures are posted on the website. 

For more information about the Lay Servant program, contact the District Lay Leader, Terry Hale at 

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