Lay Servant Ministries

Lay Servants are to serve the local church or charge in any way in which their witness or leadership and service inspires the laity to deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship. This includes the interpretation of scriptures, doctrine, organization, and ministries of the church.


What is a Lay Servant?

A Lay Servant is a professing member of a local church/charge who:

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What does a Local Church Lay Servant do?

Serve the local church or charge in any way in which their witness or leadership and service inspires the laity to deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship, including the interpretation of the Scriptures, doctrine, organization, and ministries of the church.


What does a Certified Lay Servant do?

The same things a local church lay servant does plus making oneself available to serve beyond the local church in the district and conference. With appropriate training, a certified lay servant may also become a class leader. In our Wesleyan tradition, a class leader leads a small group of persons for the purpose of discipleship formation through mutual accountability and support.


Pulpit Supply

While pulpit supply is no more important than other roles within Lay Servant Ministries, it is a valuable and necessary role. Not everyone may be called to this role of Lay Speaker. For those whose discernment of call leads them to this place, advanced training is now required (as of the 2012 General Conference). That training consists of six courses: leading worship, leading prayer, discovering spiritual gifts, preaching, United Methodist heritage, and United Methodist polity. Other courses may be added by an annual conference in order to respond to a specific missional context. Each of these courses requires 10 hours of classroom work plus outside assignments.


For more information . . .

. . . Contact the Ann Arbor District office.


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