Lay Servants combine words and actions in leadership roles within their churches and communities.
Lay Servants 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.
Lay Servants often fill pulpits, lead Bible studies, or speak in youth and children’s groups, healthcare centers, retirement centers, prison ministries, and 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. Lay Servant Ministries strive to help disciples become aware of their particular gifts by offering education to enhance and develop the skills necessary to bring them to fruition. It is an excellent way for people to be better servants of Jesus Christ, to become stronger church leaders, and to more capably assist their pastors.
What is a Lay Servant?
A United Methodist Lay Servant is a member of a local church or charge who is ready and desirous to serve the Church and who is well informed on and committed to the Scriptures and the doctrine, heritage, organization, and life of The United Methodist Church and who has received specific training to develop skills in witnessing to the Christian faith through spoken communications, church and community leadership, and care-giving ministries. This person must be active in the support of the local church or charge.
A Lay Servant is: An active supportive member of the United Methodist Church;
- Eager to serve through the church;
- Well-informed on the Scripture and the doctrine, heritage, organization and the life of The United Methodist Church;
- Committed to witnessing through church and community leadership, care-giving ministries, and spoken communication; and
- Willing to improve his or her skills for service.
Lay Servant Ministries offers training opportunities for laity who would like to use their witness, leadership, and service to inspire others to a deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship. This may include the interpretation of the Scriptures, doctrine, organization, and ministries of the church.
What is expected of a Lay Servant?
Local (Church) Lay Servants
- Support, serve and minister to the local church;
- Look for leadership opportunities in the local church;
- Must file a report with their Charge (Church) Conference every year; and
- Take a refresher course every three years.
Certified Lay Servants
- Support, serve and minister to the local church and beyond;
- Can be utilized by other congregations;
- Look for leadership opportunities in the local church and beyond;
- Must file a report with their Charge or Church Conference every year; and
- Must take at least one Advanced Course every three years to maintain certification.