Lay Servant Ministries

Lay Servant Ministry Courses: Leading Worship [NEW]

 Lay Servant MinistriesAll laity are invited to participate in Lay Servant Ministries courses, not just persons seeking to become a Certified Lay Servant.

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“Leading Worship” [ON-SITE COURSE in the North Texas Conference] focuses on the ministry of the Lay Servant who either regularly or occasionally leads (or assists in leading) a group or congregation in worship. Learning includes both content and practice in basic worship leadership roles and skills. Particular attention is paid to understanding the energy and flow of leading the Basic Pattern of Christian worship, understanding the Christian Year, the use of the Revised Common Lectionary, and basic dos and don’ts of effective worship leadership.

“Your Ministry of Leading Worship 101” [ONLINE COURSE] focuses on basic understandings of worship and on gaining insights into skills for lay persons (“liturgists” or “lay readers”) who assist the pastor in Christian worship. If you currently help with leading worship in your congregation or would like to prepare for such leadership, this course is designed for you. Particular emphasis will be given to your role in relation to other leaders and the congregation. We will explore 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 to enroll, particularly with an eye to doing local training and providing support to lay readers/assisting ministers in their local church settings.


Online course – materials will be provided through the course instructor.


On-site courses in the North Texas Conference
Participant – Worshiping with United Methodists, rev. ed.
by Hoyt L. Hickman
ISBN 978-0-687-33526-8 • $11.33 (also available as e-book)

Leader – Leading Worship
by Taylor Burton-Edwards
ISBN 978-0-88177-685-0 • DR685 • $10.00


No sessions of this course are currently scheduled.

General Information about Advanced Courses

Advanced courses equip the laity for service in many facets of lay ministry and congregational leadership. Completion of one Advanced Course after the Basic Course is required to become a Certified Lay Servant. Specified Advanced Courses are required to achieve the designation of Lay Speaker.

Texts can be ordered through or (use ISBN order #) or Upper Room Bookstore (use DR item #)

Watch for these symbols next to the course title:

North Texas Conference Lay Servant Ministries Core Advanced Courses are recommended as your first advanced LSM courses after the Basic Course is completed.
North Texas Conference Lay Servant Ministries Meets a requirement for Lay Speaker designation
North Texas Conference Lay Servant Ministries Meets a requirement for course instructor accreditation

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