Lay Servant Ministries

Lay Servant Ministry Program

Lay Servant Ministry Program Designations and Requirements

Certified Lay Servant

Certified Lay Speaker

Certified Lay Minister

Serves the local church or charge (and/or beyond) and:

  • Provides program leadership, assistance, and support
  • Leads meetings for prayer, training, study, and discussion
  • Conducts, or assists in conducting, services of worship, preachers the Word, or gives addresses
  • Provides congregational and community leadership and fosters caring ministries
  • Assists in the distribution of the elements of Holy Communion
  • Teaches the Scriptures, doctrine, organization, and ministries of The United Methodist Church

Serves by preaching the Word when requested by the pastor, district superintendent, or committee on Lay Servant Ministries, in accordance and compliance with ¶341.1.

As part of a ministry team with supervision and support of a clergyperson:

  • Conducts public worship
  • Cares for the congregation
  • Develops new faith communities
  • Preaches the Word
  • Leads small groups
  • Establishes outreach ministries
  • Serves as a class leader
  • Engages in specialized ministries after appropriate training such as in parish nursing and church planting
  • Assists in program leadership

Requirements for Certification

Requirements for Certification

Requirements for Certification

  • Pastor and church council or charge conference recommendation
  • Lay Servant Ministries BASIC course
  • Lay Servant Ministries advanced course
  • District committee on Lay Servant Ministries, or equivalent structure (See ¶668.3) approval
  • Certified as a lay servant (or equivalent as defined by his or her central conference)
  • Pastor and church council or charge conference recommendation
  • Completion of a track of study as defined in ¶267.3.c.
  • Conference committee on Lay Servant Ministries approval after interview with and recommendation from the district committee on Lay Servant Ministries
  • Certified as a lay servant, lay missioner (or equivalent as defined by his or her central conference)
  • Pastor and church council or charge conference recommendation
  • Completion of a track of study as defined in ¶268
  • District Superintendent recommendation
  • Appropriate screening and assessment
  • Conference committee on Lay Servant Ministries approval after interview with and recommendation from district committee on Ordained Ministries

Requirements for Renewal

Requirements for Renewal

Requirements for Renewal

  • Annual report and renewal application
  • Pastor and church council or charge conference recommendation
  • Lay Servant Ministries advanced course in the last three years
  • District committee on Lay Servant Ministries, or equivalent structure (See ¶668.3) approval
  • Annual report and renewal application
  • Pastor and church council or charge conference recommendation
  • Lay Servant Ministries advanced course in the last three years
  • Conference committee on Lay Servant Ministries approval every three years after interview with and recommendation from the district committee on Lay Servant Ministries
  • Annual report
  • Pastor and church council or charge conference recommendation
  • Ministry review
  • Lay Servant Ministries advanced course or approved continuing education event every two years
  • Conference committee on Lay Servant Ministries approval every two years after interview with and recommendation from the district committee on Ordained Ministries

Download 2016 Adopted Legislation Designations and Requirements