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Lay Servant Ministries

 
God calls every one of us to proclaim the presence and power of God through all that we say and do. How is God calling you to serve?  With so many avenues of training, Lay Servant Ministries (Previously called Lay Speaking Ministries) offers you a valuable education in multiple ministry areas.
A Lay Servant is … 
- An active, supportive (professing) member of a United Methodist church;
- Eager to serve the church, community, and world; 
- Well-informed on Scripture and on the doctrine, heritage, organization, and life of The United Methodist Church;
- Committed to witnessing through church and community leadership, care-giving ministries, and spoken communication; 
- Willing to improve his/her skills by training for service.
Lay Servant Ministry (LSM) is more than just speaking!
This ministry goes beyond filling in for the pastor or speaking in public. Lay Servant Ministries offer many options for serving in roles other than the traditional pulpit supply.  Teaching, serving, training, leading, participating, caring, loving, and communicating are now integral parts of Lay Servant Ministries. With so many avenues of training, Lay Servant Ministries offers valuable education equipping United Methodists for all facets of lay ministry.
Consider taking a class.
From time to time classes are offered in various subject areas throughout the Conference.  Starting with the Basic Class, one can then go on to advanced classes and go on to broader service. God calls us and through continued development equips us to be Lay Servant Ministers.
 
Lay Ministry in the United Methodist Church: 
All Local and Certified Lay Servants are first Professing Members of a local congregation.
 
Titles and Requirements:
 
Local Church Lay Servant
Serve primarily in the local Congregation
 
Requirements
1. Approved by Pastor and Charge Conference
2. Completes the Basic Course in LSM
3. Files an annual report
4. Takes a refresher course every three years
 
Certified Lay Servant
Local Church Lay Servants who have taken an advanced course in LSM, and serve in the local congregation and beyond.
 
Requirements
1. Approved by Pastor and Charge Conference
2. Takes an Advanced course after the Basic course
3. Files an annual report
4. Completes 1 advanced course every 3 years
 
Lay Speakers
Certified Lay Servants who provide pulpit supply
 
Requirements
1. Approved by Pastor and Charge Conference
2. Completes the required courses for Lay Speaker
3. Interviews with District Committee on LSM
4. Approved by Annual Conference Committee on LSM
5. Files an annual report
6. Every 3 years completes 1 advanced course and interviews with
District Committee on LSM
 
Certified Lay Minister
Certified Lay Speaker or Servant who is assigned by the District Superintendent to a particular ministry within the district or annual conference
 
Requirements
(Certified Lay Servant recommended)
1. Approved by Pastor and Charge Conference 
2. Approved by District Superintendent
3. Applies to District Committee on Ordained Ministry
4. Completes required course work
5. Certified by the Director of Connectional Ministries
6. Recertifies every 2 years
 
 
Approved Courses for Lay Servant Ministry 
 
Philosophy: 
 
With the geographical area of the Yellowstone Conference we need to be liberal in allowing individuals to take courses where ever and however they can.  The advantage of an in-residence course is the interaction with the instructor and other class members.  However, as we go forward and as more on-line web based courses and opportunities develop we need to embrace those opportunities.  Additionally we need to embrace courses that develop our laity in the areas of teaching, serving, training, leading, participating, caring, loving, and communications
 
 
Currently Approved Courses: 2014
 
1. Approved are any Advanced Courses as listed on the Lay Speaking Ministries Web Site. Also any courses listed in the annual “Lay Ministry Equipping Resources Catalog” that are the preferred courses for first course work for individuals seeking Advanced Certification. This Catalog lists both in residence and on-line courses as well as Alternative Advanced Courses. Available on the GBOD Web Site. 
 
2. Approved are On Line/Web Based Courses as reviewed and approved by the YAC Conference Discipling Team.
 
3. Approved are Conference, District or Circuit developed courses upon meeting the approval of the Curriculum Review Committee.
 
4. Approved are courses not listed on the Lay Speaking Ministries Web Site or developed in the  conference that are Web Based to include:
 A. The Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship (Southwester College) and the GBOD as announced on http://beadisciple.com
 B. United Methodist Communications Training (training@umcom.org) as it pertains to lay development of communications skills (all skills, speaking, written, and web    based).         
 C. The Illif “Small Group Leadership course by Podcast to include an end of course five hour meeting. Based on the “The Christian Small  Group Leaded” by Thomas Hawkins,
 D. The Saint Paul Lecture series conducted in Helena, MT.
 E. Conference Spiritual Formation events, retreats that are structured to address the aspect(s) of Lay Servant Ministries in a particular area or areas. Examples of past 
event subjects are Servant Leadership, Discipleship, Wesleyan History, and various workshops such as Trustees, SPRC, Christian Education and Finance.
 
5. In Residence Courses to include courses developed by: 
 A. The United Methodist Women’s Mission U (formerly School of Christian Missions). Requires the Basic Lay Servant Ministry Class and at least one Lay Servant Ministry advanced class be  completed before credit for Mission U courses count as advanced course work.
 B. Courses that would be available and approved from other Conferences to include in-residence and web based courses as long as an enrollee can meet all requirements of the course, 
 
6. Retake of the Basic Course. If a Certified Lay Servant has not taken the current Basic Course, credit as an Advanced Course can be given for this course.  Rational being that the individual is provided with information in which to use to encourage others to take the course. 
 
 

Lay Ministry in the United Methodist Church

A short u-tube presentation of new terms and names for the Lay Servant and the role of the Lay Servant.  http://youtu.be/9dQ5uTmuVRQ

 

 

Education On Line:

Be a DiscipleCourses:  On line Advanced courses approved by the GBOD. Courses offered by Southwestern College, Richard and Julia Wilkie Institute. On the home page go to “Lay Speaking Ministries (GBOD) for current approved class offerings

Iliff Scholl of Theology advanced course “Small Group Leadership”. This Advanced Course podcast presentation requires the online work with a follow on local group session. A great Advanced Course that can be conducted by a group at the local church level. Site instructions: click on “connect”, click on “Illif clips”, “audio clips” scroll down to Iffif courses, click on “Small group leadership lay ministry course. This is a free course.

 

Informational:

Ministry of the Laity: A GBOD page that contains general information regarding Ministry of the Laity. Lay Leaders, Lay Speaking, Certified Lay Ministers

The Upper Room Bookstore   To access the Upperroom Lay Servant Ministry Catalog, on the home page upper right click on catalog and select  Lay Ministry

The Cokesbury Bookstore

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Check Back from time-to-time as more information is added to Linked Up

 

 

 

Lay Servant Ministry Educational Opportunities – On Line

Summer/Fall 2014

Do you find it hard to make an Advanced Lay Servant Ministry Course? Then

Consider taking one of the courses approved by the GBOD through the Beadisciple.com program. The upcoming courses are listed below. Be a Disciple Courses are On line Advanced courses offered by Southwestern College, Richard and Julia Wilkie Institute. On the home page go to “Lay Speaking Ministries (GBOD) for current approved class offerings The Courses listed below are approved as advanced courses and some courses meet the requirement for course work for the new Lay Speaking program. The Institute for Discipleship is dedicated to providing educational opportunities that nurture and enrich Christian leaders, lay and clergy, for effective living and ministry.

BeADisciple.com is one of several programs of the Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College, a United Methodist institution in Winfield, Kansas.

To learn about all of the Institute's activities, visit www.institutefordiscipleship.org.

 

 

 

 Summer/Fall 2014

Life Together in the United Methodist Connection -- September 8-23, 2014 -- $60

 

This course has been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries. In addition, this course meets one of the requirements for Lay Speakers.

 

Why does the United Methodist Church do things the way it does? Why is our pastor being reassigned? Why don't we get to vote on our new pastor? How do we get things done, like renovating our building or starting a new ministry? What are the rules - and why are they the rules? And what does any of this have to do with trying to be a place and a people that embody the Kingdom of God?

 

 

Both laypeople and clergy are often confused and even frustrated by those questions and more. This class will help newcomers to the U.M.C. get their bearings, and longtime members consider the specific structural challenges the church faces in the 21st Century. Participants must obtain the book, "Polity, Practice and the Mission of the United Methodist Church" (2006 edition) by Thomas Edward Frank, and the 2012 "United Methodist Book of Discipline." These are not included in the course fee.

 

Participants should be prepared to read assignments and post their reflections on the discussion boards daily, but there is no set time to be online. This is an intense course. Participants are strongly urged to get the book and read it before the class starts, to make the class more relaxed and fun. (Participants also should be very cautious about signing up for this class and Living Our United Methodist Beliefs at the same time.)

 

This class has been approved for advanced Lay Servant Ministries credit and is the "Polity" class required for lay speaker certification. 1 CEU for clergy and staff is also available.

 

This is an intense course. Participants should be cautious about signing up for this class and Living Our United Methodist Beliefs at the same time. The course instructor is Rev. Beth Galbreath.

 

 

Living Our United Methodist Beliefs -- September 8-23, 2014 -- $60

This course has been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries. In addition, this course meets one of the requirements for Lay Speakers.

The history, heritage, beliefs, mission and culture of the United Methodist Church for anyone - newcomer or longtime member - who wants to know what's distinctive about being a United Methodist Christian. We'll explore the special gifts of theology, witness and organization that the United Methodist Church brings to the Church universal, how we got where we are today and how our distinctive emphases are still needed in the 21st Century church.

 

The course instructor is Rev. Beth Galbreath.


This class is one of the core Lay Servant Ministries classes, but everyone is welcome! Participants must obtain the book, "Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way," by Bishop Kenneth Carder (it is not included in the course fee). Other materials will be downloaded.

 

Participants should be prepared to read assignments and post their reflections on the discussion boards daily, but there is no set time to be online. This is an intense course. Participants are strongly urged to get the book and read it before the class starts, to make the class more relaxed and fun. (Participants also should be very cautious about signing up for this class and Life Together in the United Methodist Connection at the same time.)

 

This class has been approved for advanced Lay Servant Ministries credit and is the "History/Heritage" class required for lay speaker certification. 1 CEU for clergy and staff is also available.

 

Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts -- June 2-15, 2014 -- $60

 

This course has been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries. In addition, this course meets one of the requirements for Lay Speakers.

 

Lay Speakers, Lay Servants, and all participants in the Body of Christ depend on the spiritual gifts God has given them. Those gifts differ but they provide the foundation for whatever ministry we do. Learn more about your spiritual gifts – and how to help your congregation learn more about their spiritual gifts – in this two-week workshop. This workshop has been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries.

 

Participants will interact (including online discussions, watching videos, and real-time group sessions) throughout the two weeks in order to earn their 10 contact hours. PLEASE NOTE: Participants must post on at least three weekdays each week. If you are not able to post on at least three weekdays each week, please wait until the next workshop when your schedule will permit full participation.

 

 

The only material participants will need to order will be the Discipleship Resources book, Each One a Minister, by William J. Carter. It is highly recommended that you read the book before the online course begins. This will help with time-management. The book is not included in the course fee; it must be ordered separately.

 

Your Ministry of Leading Worship 101 -- Dates later in 2014 to be announced -- $75

This course has been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries. In addition, this course meets one of the requirements for Lay Speakers.

 

 

Do you read Scripture or lead the people in prayers on Sunday morning? Would you like to prepare to do “pulpit supply”?

 

This course will focus on basic understandings of worship and on gaining insights into skills for Lay Servants and fulfill requirements for Lay Speaker Certification. If you currently help with leading worship or would like to prepare for such leadership, this course is for you. Particular emphasis will be given to your role in relation to other leaders and the congregation. We will explore history and practice of Christian liturgy, planning worship, and various settings and approaches where Lay Servants and Certified Lay Speakers may lead worship. In addition, we will overview the work of reading Scripture, leading prayer, distribution of the elements at the Lord’s Supper, and basic do’s and don’ts of effective worship leadership. Deacons, elders/presbyters, and lay worship leader coordinators are also welcome, particularly with an eye to doing local training and providing support to lay readers/assisting ministers in their local church settings. While the course is specifically for United Methodists, laity from other denominations are welcome.

 

The course is offered by Daniel Benedict . Participants should plan on spending approximately one hour a day working through materials. There is no textbook for this course; all materials are included.

 

The following courses are advanced courses in Lay Servant Ministries which meet the requirement for Certified Lay Servant (one advanced course every 3 years.)

 Biblical Storytelling I -- August 18 to September 2, 2014 -- $55

 

This course has been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries, but it is designed for everyone!

 

Learning the sacred stories of Scripture by heart and sharing them with others is both an ancient-future art and a powerful spiritual practice. This workshop’s methods, developed by the Network of Biblical Storytellers International, are for everyone who wishes to learn, to tell and to connect with God and other people through sacred story – yes, you can do it too! By the end of the two-week workshop you will be able to share at least one text with others by heart, and you will understand how this completely non-technological art fits into a digital-communications world. Whether you work with children in Sunday School or dream of bringing Scripture to life in worship or elsewhere, your ministry and your spirit will be enriched by this art.

 

Participants will learn to prepare, learn, and tell a Biblical text by heart (not “memory”) using the methods of the Network of Biblical Storytellers International. The workshop is taught by NBS vice president and United Methodist deacon Beth Galbreath. There is a daily assignment (except Sundays), usually involving a short document to read, work on your story, and online discussion.

 

Come to the Table -- August 18 to September 2, 2014 -- $55

 

This course has been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries.

Deepen your own and your congregation's understanding and practice of Holy Communion, or begin a Eucharistic ministry, through this wide-ranging study of _This Holy Mystery_, Scripture, Church history and United Methodist theology and practice of the sacrament. This course will reference, but go beyond, the official U.M. documents to include art, music, film and video resources to enrich our understanding and participation in the sacrament. Recent conversation in the UMC about the Table in the digital age will be included.

 

Participants will need a Bible and U.M. Hymnal and, if possible, a Book of Worship; other materials will be downloaded. Class members should be prepared for daily reading, reflection and online discussion. This study is guaranteed to deepen your experience of Holy Communion, providing resources and ideas for all, both laypeople and clergy, who plan and lead worship and provide pastoral care. This class is approved for advanced Lay Servant Ministries credit and CEU's for clergy are available.

 

Come to the Waters -- August 18 to September 2, 2014 -- $55

This course has been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries.

 Deepen your congregation's experience of baptism, confirmation and reaffirmation of baptism through this wide-ranging study of By Water and the Spirit, Scripture, Church history and United Methodist theology and practice of the sacrament. This course will reference, but go beyond, the official United Methodist teaching document on baptism. The class considers preparation of adults for baptism and the unique challenges of the digital age.

 

Participants will need a Bible and a U.M. Hymnal; other materials will be downloaded. Class members should be prepared for daily reading, reflection and online discussion. This study is guaranteed to deepen your experience of baptism, providing resources and ideas for all, both laypeople and clergy, who plan and lead worship or teach confirmation or new member classes.

 

This class is approved for advanced Lay Servant Ministries credit and CEU's for clergy are available.

 

 

Multimedia Technology in Worship for the Church Volunteer 101 -- February 3-14, 2014-- $60

 

This course has been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries.

 

The use of multi-media technology in worship is growing at an exponential rate. Congregations of all sizes are acknowledging the gift of media technology; however very few have access to formal training.

 

Rev. John Zimmerman brings 25 years of pastoral ministry and his gift of implementing multi-media technology in worship to this seminar. Students will be introduced to the hardware and software in worship technology and discover their ability to plan, create and implement technology in a worship setting. The workshop will also help the student learn about worship itself and the role of technology in design, appropriateness and excellence. Special consideration will be given to budget and a low-cost approach to technology implementation.

 

This workshop is designed for the church volunteer or pastor who would classify themselves as “beginners” in multi-media experience. (Please note that since the workshop utilizes some software that is windows-based MAC users may find some limitations.)

 

The course content will include:

·        Intro to Worship Theory
Vision-casting, resources, structure
Budget
Projectors, computers, sound
Multi Media graphic resources
Worship presentation software

 

This course has been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries.

 

Access to all BeADisciple.com courses begins at noon Central Time of the publicized start day. You will receive an email containing web location and login information that morning, so please be sure to add the email address BeADisciple@sckans.edu to your list of approved senders. If you have questions about how online workshops work, please check our FAQ's page.

 

Courses Scheduled Within the Yellowstone Conference 2014

 

Basic Lay Servant Ministry Course: Great Falls, MT 6/28/2014 Contact Karen Smith ksmith02@bresnan.net

This is the initial course for Lay Servants who wish to serve the church in a broader capacity.  This course provides some United Methodist History, section on Leading, Caring, and Communicating as well as an introduction to the Ministry of the Baptized. Upon completion, participants receive a certificate and can apply to be recognized as a Local Lay Servant in their home church as they begin the Lay Servant Ministry education process.

 

From Membership to Discipleship: Camp on the Bolder, MT   7/25-26/2014. This seminar is approved as an Advanced Lay Servant Ministry Course by the Yellowstone Conference.  Detailed information is found on the home page in the News Section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contacts

  • Carlton Bennett
  • Director of Lay Servant Ministries
  • email