Download the 2020 Lay Servant Ministries catalog for a full explanation of the lay servant program and information about certification requirements.
Basic courses include an introduction to the lay servant ministries in the areas of speaking, caring and leading, with an emphasis on preaching and worship preparation. Those completing this course will become Basic Lay Speakers.
Advanced Courses are for those who have successfully completed a Basic Course. Participants will obtain more training in the area of your strongest gift. You can take an Advanced Course as often as you wish.
Upon successful completion of an Advanced Course, you can be certified as a Lay Servant. This means that a pastor may call upon you to assist in one or more of the areas of leadership, caring ministry, or lay speaking in other congregations, as well as your own. To maintain certification as a Lay Servant, you must continue to be an active member of the United Methodist Church and take an Advanced Course at least once every three years.