What is Lay Servant Ministries?
Lay Servant Ministries is a program within the United Methodist Church designed to equip and empower laity to be engaged in disciple-making. The program focuses on the areas of Leading, Caring, and Communicating: these words characterize what lay servants do in ministry as The United Methodist Church engages the world of the twenty-first century!
LEADING: Lay servants combine words and actions in leadership roles within their churches and communities.
CARING: As lay servants combine words with deeds, they find ways to care for others. Some are involved in crisis ministries, such as visiting grieving families. Lay servants share a ministry of caring one-on-one with people in times of need and in times of joy, and show their faith by responding to others with care–giving love and service.
COMMUNICATING: Both the Bible and Christian experience point to the importance of proclaiming God’s transforming love for a broken world. Lay servants often fill pulpits, lead Bible studies, or speak in youth and children’s groups, healthcare centers, retirement centers, prison ministries, and more.
If you are interested in taking your discipleship to the next level, becoming involved with the Lay Servant Ministries program would be an excellent way to get started. If you have general questions about the Lay Servant Ministry program, you may speak with Pastor Ernie or either Mark Hayward or Guy Raymond; both Certified Lay Servants at DeBows UMC.
Current Training Opportunities:
The Fall 2017 Basic Lay Servant Class in the Capital District
Date(s): Sundays, October 15 & 22
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: St. Paul UMC, 201 Levitt Pky, Willingboro, NJ
Instructor: Terri Pagani
Terri Pagani, Capital District Director of LSM, is has released information about the 2017 Fall Basic Lay Servant class. Please click on the below link for more information and to access the registration form. You may attend the class in another district if that fits your schedule better. The complete schedule for each district is also in the below link.
The Fall 2017Advanced Lay Servant Class in the Capital District
Date(s): Saturdays, September 30 and October 14 & 21
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Location: First UMC of Delran, 32 Conrow Rd., Delran NJ 08075
Instructor: Rev. John Morrison
Terri Pagani, Capital District Director of LSM, is has released information about the 2017 Fall Advanced Lay Servant class. Please click on the below link for more information and to access the registration form. You may attend the class in another district if that fits your schedule better. The complete schedule for each district is also in the below link.
Note concerning year end reporting for Advanced Lay Servants:
The annual Advanced Lay Servant Report must be completed ONLINE only, per the Conference office. You should receive an email from the Conference office with this information along with a user name and password in time for the October reporting. Remember that submitting a form to your annual church conference is necessary (per the Book of Discipline) to maintain your lay servant status. You will need to print a copy of the form to submit to your church. Be sure to make a copy for your records.