What is a Lay Servant?
Leading, Caring, Communicating
: these words characterize what Lay Servants do in ministry as The United Methodist Church engages the world.
- Leading: Lay Servants combine words and actions in leadership roles within their churches and communities.
- Caring: As Lay Servants combine words with deeds, they can find ways to care for others 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 may fill pulpits, lead Bible studies, speak in groups, healthcare centers, retirement centers, prison ministries, and much more.
Lay Servant Ministries is a program to provide training opportunities and experiences to equip disciples of Jesus Christ to realize and respond to their personal call to ministry. Since each disciple is 'gifted' with one or more spiritual gifts (skills given by the Holy Spirit for the express purpose of serving the body of believers and thereby God), Lay Servant Ministries strives to help disciples become aware of their particular gift or gifts by offering educational events to enhance and develop the skill level necessary for the full fruition of these gifts.
It is an excellent vehicle for servant ministry skill development and has aided thousands of church members to be better servants of Jesus Christ, to become stronger church family leaders, and to more capably assist their pastors.
Trinity District Lay Servant Ministries Training
January 4-5 2019 - online via Zoom
Life Together in The United Methodist Connection
Jan. 4-5, 2019 (online)
Facilitator: Gene Haning, CLM
Book: Polity, Practice, and the Mission of The United Methodist Church
, 2006 Edition by Thomas Edward Frank
This course gives participants an overview of the structure and organization of The United Methodist Church. It counts as an advanced Lay Servant Ministry Course and as a “Polity” course for Certified Lay Speaker.
For more information, including costs and schedules, and to register for either of these courses, go to www.LayServantTraining.org.
For questions, please call Gene at (719) 873-5311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org