Certified Lay Servant

   Lay Servant Ministries is one of the most significant lay leadership developments programs already available within the United Methodist connection. Through this system of equipping and empowering, lay servants have the opportunity to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ who then go and make other disciples. 

Mark 10:45 – For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others

The Certified Lay Servant is:

  • An active supporting and professing member of a local church.
  • Has the desire to serve the church.
  • Is well informed on – Scripture, doctrine, heritage, and the organization of the United Methodist Church.
  • Receives training through their district or conference to develop their skills in witnessing to the Christian faith.
  • Serves in the local church/charge and beyond, using their spiritual gifts to inspire others to a deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship.
  • Is equipped though continued study and training to lead, assist, and support the mission and ministries of the church.  

Lay Servants have a wide range of functions both in the church and the community. 

Bible Studies Caring & Visitation Ministries Called to share the good news of Christ with others
Small Group Studies Welcoming Ministries

Faith Sharing

Mission & Outreach Caring for the hungry Preaching
(locally & globally) Caring for the imprisoned Teaching
In Worship settings Care & Concern for Pastor

Speaking in community venues

Assist with Liturgy Care & Concern for Staff

Giving voice to the voiceless

Assist with Communion    
  • The Basic Course is the introduction to lay ministry and is the required course for becoming a Certified Lay Servant/Speaker/CLM.  This course is also available in Spanish.
  • An approved refresher course must be completed once in every three years in order to maintain Lay Servant/Speaker status. The following courses are from the LAY MINISTRY Equipping Resources Catalogs.  

Approved Lay Servant Ministries Courses for the Mountain Sky Conference