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Lay Servant Ministries

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Certified Lay Servant
Annual Reports & Renewal Requests

Certified Lay Servant Report HERE
Certified Lay Speaker Report HERE
Certified Lay Minister Report HERE

Questions?

Please contact Michigan Conference Lay Servant Ministries Co-Directors Jody Pratt and John Hart

District Directors

Central Bay: Merry Henderson
East Winds: Kristen LePalm & Deb Sturm
Greater Detroit: Sharon Appling
Greater Southwest: Dana Tipken
Heritage: Anne Marie Hanna & Colleen Croxall
Mid-Michigan: Randy Coller
Midwest: Sara Wolfsen
Northern Skies: Liane Callow
Northern Waters: Janet Ball & Colleen Wierman

Growing in your faith

Lay Servant Ministries is one of the significant lay leadership development programs 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. Lay Servant ministries can be a significant component of any discipleship system providing training in Hospitality, Offer Christ, Purpose and Engagement.

Becoming a Lay Servant

Classes can be taken in a variety of locations and dates including online. The Michigan Conference Committee on Lay Servant Ministry organizes classes to fit the needs of participants, specific requests for a topic, and to meet certification requirements. Whenever possible, the conference committee encourages the BASIC course and preaching course to be taken in person (within district) to create community connection. BASIC and Preaching can be offered and taken via video conferencing. Some classes (no more than 50%) can be taken through BeADisciple.com (beadisciple.com/lay-servant-ministries). When an individual takes an online class it is the responsibility of the individual to provide completion/certification information to the district committee.

Lay servant classes generally fall into the following categories: Introduction to Lay Ministry, Spiritual Gifts, United Methodist Heritage, United Methodist Polity, Leading Worship, Leading Prayer, Preaching.

Everyone must take a BASIC course before becoming a Certified Lay Servant. Districts post class offerings online with registration information. Participants may take classes in any location but are responsible to provide their local district with proof of completion.

Levels of Certification in
Lay Servant Ministries and Process Details

Certified Lay Servant Process

Certified Lay Speaker Process

Certified Lay Minister Process

Certified Lay Minister Process

If you are interested in becoming a Certified Lay Minister, be sure to contact your district Lay Servant Director. Click here for more information and current classes.

Upcoming LSM Classes

Please see the list below for available courses, times and locations. Click the links within the table for registration. Please note the requirements below.

The detailed process of becoming a Lay Servant and certification levels can be found on the left, and general information in the Lay Servant Ministries Equipping Resources booklet.

Schedule of Lay Servant Ministry Classes

~Classes are currently being scheduled for fall 2021 and will be added as they become available.~
A list of all Lay Servant Ministry Classes available in Michigan. Find one that fits your schedule and location.
DistrictCourseDate & TimeLocationCostRegisterContact Person
Central BayBASIC Course: Intro to Lay MinistriesSept. 25 & Oct. 9
10 AM to 3 PM
Farwell UMC
281 E. Ohio St, Farwell
Participants are
responsible for
purchasing their
own books.
Click to RegisterMerry Henderson
Central BayBASIC Course: Intro to Lay MinistriesSept, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16 & 23
10 AM to Noon
Online only - Zoom link will be providedParticipants are
responsible for
purchasing their
own books.
Click to RegisterMerry Henderson
Central BayLiving Our United Methodist BeliefsOct. 30 & Nov. 6
10 AM to 3 PM
Bentley UMC
7209 Standish Rd., Bentley
Participants are
responsible for
purchasing their
own books.
Click to RegisterMerry Henderson
Central BayLeading Public PrayerSept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3 & 10
2 to 4 PM - 9/19 is 3 to 5 PM
Gladwin UMC
309 S. M-18, Gladwin
OR through Zoom
Participants are
responsible for
purchasing their
own books.
Click to RegisterMerry Henderson
East WindsBASIC Course: Intro to Lay MinistriesSept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19
6 to 8 PM
North Branch First UMC
4165 Huron St. North Branch
$25Click to RegisterKristen LePalm
East WindsAdvanced: Discovering Your Spiritual GiftsSept. 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24
3 to 5 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be provided
Limited to 10
$25Click to RegisterKristen LePalm
East WindsAdvanced: The Method of Our Mission (UM Polity)Oct. 2, 9
9 AM to 2:30 PM
Flint Calvary UMC
2111 Flushing Rd, Flint
and through Zoom
$25Click to RegisterKristen LePalm
HeritageBASIC Course: Intro to Lay Servant MinistryOct. 16 & 30
9 AM to 3 PM
Manchester UMC
501 Ann Arbor St, Manchester 48158
$25Click to RegisterAnne Marie Hanna or Colleen Croxall
HeritageAdvanced: Called to PreachOct. 2 & 16
9 AM to 3 PM
Chelsea First UMC
128 Park St, Chelsea 48118
$25Click to RegisterAnne Marie Hanna or Colleen Croxall
HeritageAdvanced: Opening Ourselves to Grace:
Basic Christian Practices
Oct. 9 & 30
9 AM to 3 PM
Oak Grove UMC
6686 Oak Grove Rd, Howell 48855
$35Click to RegisterAnne Marie Hanna or Colleen Croxall
HeritageAdvanced: Planning Worship PlusSept. 18 & Oct. 23
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Milford UMC
1200 Atlantic St, Milford 48381
$30Click to RegisterAnne Marie Hanna or Colleen Croxall
HeritageAdvanced: Extending Our FaithSept. 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6 & 13
6:30 to 8:30 PM
Online Only - Zoom link will be provided$25Click to RegisterAnne Marie Hanna or Colleen Croxall
MidwestBASIC Course: Intro to Lay Servant MinistryOct. 9 & 23
9 AM to 3 PM
Cedar Springs UMC
140 S. Main St.
Cedar Springs 49319
$25
Includes lunch & materials.
Books will be mailed to participants.
Click to RegisterSara Wolfsen
MidwestAdvanced: Justice in Everyday Life
(Social Principles)
Oct. 9 & 23
9 AM to 3 PM
Cedar Springs UMC
140 S. Main St.
Cedar Springs 49319
$25
Includes lunch & materials.
Books will be mailed to participants.
Click to RegisterSara Wolfsen
MidwestAdvanced: Life Together in the United Methodist Connection
(UM Polity)
Oct. 9 & 23
9 AM to 3 PM
Cedar Springs UMC
140 S. Main St.
Cedar Springs 49319
$25
Includes lunch & materials.
Books will be mailed to participants.
Click to RegisterSara Wolfsen
Mid-MichiganBASIC Course: The Intro to Lay Servant MinistryOct. 2, 16, 30
9 AM to 12:30 PM
Lowe UMC
5485 W. Lowe Rd. St. Johns
Online is available.
$10Email Christine Pease to registerChristine Pease
Northern WatersBASIC Course: The Intro to Lay Servant MinistryOct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4
7 to 9 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be provided$25
+ participants purchase their own book
Email Jill Haney to registerJill Haney
Northern WatersAdvanced: UM PolityOct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 10, 16
7 to 9 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be provided$25
+ participants purchase their own book
Email Jill Haney to registerJill Haney
Northern WatersAdvanced: Accountable DiscipleshipOct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1
6 to 8 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be provided$25
+ participants purchase their own book
Email Jill Haney to registerJill Haney
Northern WatersAdvanced: Spiritual GiftsOct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3
6 to 8 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be provided$25
+ participants purchase their own book
Email Jill Haney to registerJill Haney

Some Advanced Courses, approved by Discipleship Ministries are available online through beadisciple.com. Look for Affiliation of Certified Lay Ministry and Lay Servant Ministries.

Requirements:

  • Pre-registration is required for all classes.
  • Each course includes 10 hours of class time as well as outside reading.
  • For credit toward certification, participants must attend the entire course and complete all work.
  • Please bring a Bible, pen and notebook.
  • For your convenience, you may participate in courses outside of your home district – just make sure to share the course details and a copy of the certificate with your home district director.

Lay Servant Ministries Applications,
Renewal Forms & Reports

Form 1: Certified Lay Servant Application

Form 2: Certified Lay Speaker Application

Form 3: Certified Lay Minister Application

Form 4: Certified Lay Servant Annual Report & Renewal Form

Form 5: Certified Lay Speaker Annual Report & Renewal Form

Form 6: Certified Lay Minister Annual Report & Renewal Form