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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

Winter 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.

 

 

 

 

 

The first 3 courses listed meet the requirement for Certified Lay Servant (one advanced course every three years.) In addition, these 5 courses meet the requirements for the Lay Speaker status. A full synopsis and registration information for these courses can be found at beadisciple.com.  

 

Leading Public Prayer -- January 13-24, 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. (Prayer)

 

 

Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts -- January 13-26, 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. (Spiritual Gifts)

 

Your Ministry of Leading Worship 101 -- February 3-26, 2014 -- $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. (Worship)

 

Biblical Storytelling I -- February 3-17, 2014 -- $55

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

 

Biblical Storytelling II -- October 28 - November 18, 2013 -- $80

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

 

Come to the Table -- February 3-17, 2014 -- $55

 

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

 

Come to the Waters -- February 3-17, 2014 -- $55

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

 

Growing Spiritually Through Daily Discipline -- Look for this again in 2014

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contacts

  • Carlton Bennett
  • Director of Lay Servant Ministries
  • email