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Lay Servant Ministries

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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. The Michigan Lay Servant Ministry committee organizes classes to fit needs of participants, specific requests for a topic, and to meet certification requirements. Some classes can be taken online (beadisciple.com/lay-servant-ministries). BASIC and PREACHING are not offered electronically. (Please check with your district committee as some do not accept online classes, or limit the number of online classes.) 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 available. 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

A list of all Lay Servant Ministry Classes available in Michigan. Find one that fits your schedule and location.
DistrictCourseDate & TimeLocationContact PersonRegisterCost
East WindsBASIC Course: Intro to Lay MinistriesMar. 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr. 3
10 AM to Noon
Online only - Zoom link will be providedKristen LePalmClick to Register$25
East WindsAdvanced: Called to Preach, From Pew to PulpitFeb. 28, Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28
1 to 3 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be provided
Limited to 10
Kristen LePalmClick to Register$25
East WindsAdvanced: Discovering Your Spiritual GiftsMar. 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22
10 to 11:30 AM
Online only - Zoom link will be providedKristen LePalmClick to Register$25
East WindsAdvanced: Leading WorshipMar. 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr. 3
10 AM to Noon
Online only - Zoom link will be providedKristen LePalmClick to Register$25
East WindsAdvanced: Living Our UM BeliefsMar. 7, 14, 21, 28
1 to 3:30 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be providedKristen LePalmClick to Register$25
Greater DetroitAdvanced: Lead Public WorshipFeb. 9 & 11 - 7 to 9 PM
Feb. 13 - 10 AM to Noon
Feb. 23 & 25 - 7 to 9 PM
Feb. 27 - 10 AM to Noon
Online only - Zoom link will be providedLewis Moore or Paul SadowskiClick to Register$25
Greater DetroitAdvanced: Spiritual GiftsFeb. 9 & 11 - 7 to 9 PM
Feb. 13 - 10 AM to Noon
Feb. 23 & 25 - 7 to 9 PM
Feb. 27 - 10 AM to Noon
Online only - Zoom link will be providedLewis Moore or Paul SadowskiClick to Register$25
Greater DetroitAdvanced: PolityFeb. 9 & 11 - 7 to 9 PM
Feb. 13 - 10 AM to Noon
Feb. 23 & 25 - 7 to 9 PM
Feb. 27 - 10 AM to Noon
Online only - Zoom link will be providedLewis Moore or Paul SadowskiClick to Register$25
Greater DetroitAdvanced: Spiritual Gifts (English, French, Spanish & Korean available)Mar. 9 & 11 - 7 to 9 PM
Mar. 13 - 10 AM to Noon
Mar. 23 & 25 - 7 to 9 PM
Mar. 27 - 10 AM to Noon
Online only - Zoom link will be providedLewis Moore or Paul SadowskiClick to Register$25
Greater DetroitAdvanced: Leading Bible StudyMar. 9 & 11 - 7 to 9 PM
Mar. 13 - 10 AM to Noon
Mar. 23 & 25 - 7 to 9 PM
Mar. 27 - 10 AM to Noon
Online only - Zoom link will be providedLewis Moore or Paul SadowskiClick to Register$25
Greater DetroitAdvanced: Dance with Words: Biblical StorytellingMar. 9 & 11 - 7 to 9 PM
Mar. 13 - 10 AM to Noon
Mar. 23 & 25 - 7 to 9 PM
Mar. 27 - 10 AM to Noon
Online only - Zoom link will be providedLewis Moore or Paul SadowskiClick to Register$25
Greater DetroitAdvanced: PreachingMar. 9 & 11 - 7 to 9 PM
Mar. 13 - 10 AM to Noon
Mar. 23 & 25 - 7 to 9 PM
Mar. 27 - 10 AM to Noon
Online only - Zoom link will be providedLewis Moore or Paul SadowskiClick to Register$25
Greater DetroitAdvanced: UMC & the Common English BibleMar. 9 & 11 - 7 to 9 PM
Mar. 13 - 10 AM to Noon
Mar. 23 & 25 - 7 to 9 PM
Mar. 27 - 10 AM to Noon
Online only - Zoom link will be providedLewis Moore or Paul SadowskiClick to Register$25
HeritageBASIC Course: The Intro to Lay Servant MinistryMar. 16, 23, Apr. 6, 13 & 20 - 6:30 to 8:30 PMOnline only - Zoom link will be providedAnne Marie Hanna or Colleen CroxallClick to Register$25
HeritageAdvanced: Class Leaders-Recovering a TraditionMar. 6 & 20 - 9 AM to 3:15 PMOnline only - Zoom link will be providedAnne Marie Hanna or Colleen CroxallClick to Register$25
HeritageAdvanced: Delivering an Effective SermonApr. 10 & 17 - 9 AM to 12:30 PM
May 1 - 9 AM to 1:30 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be providedAnne Marie Hanna or Colleen CroxallClick to Register$25
HeritageAdvanced: Discovering Your Spiritual GiftsApr. 17, 24, May 1 - 9 AM to 12:30 PMOnline only - Zoom link will be providedAnne Marie Hanna or Colleen CroxallClick to Register$25
HeritageAdvanced: Leading in Lay Pastoral CareApr. 10, 24 - 9 AM to 3:15 PMOnline only - Zoom link will be providedAnne Marie Hanna or Colleen CroxallClick to Register$25
HeritageAdvanced: Living Our UM Beliefs-Heritage ClassMar. 8, 22, 29, Apr. 12, 19 - 6:30 to 8:30 PMOnline only - Zoom link will be providedAnne Marie Hanna or Colleen CroxallClick to Register$25
MidwestBASIC Course: The Intro to Lay Servant MinistryJan. 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24 - 6:30 to 9 PMOnline only - Zoom link will be providedSara WolfsenClick to Register$25
Books will be mailed to participants.
MidwestAdvanced: Biblical InterpretationJan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16 - 6:30 to 9 PMOnline only - Zoom link will be providedSara WolfsenClick to Register $25
Books will be mailed to participants.
MidwestAdvanced: Wesleyan HeritageJan. 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24 - 6:30 to 9 PMOnline only - Zoom link will be providedSara WolfsenClick to Register$25
Books will be mailed to participants.
Northern WatersBASIC Course: The Intro to Lay Servant MinistryFeb. 11, 18, 25, Mar. 4, 11 - 7 to 9 PMOnline only - Zoom link will be providedJill HaneyEmail Jill Haney to register$25
Northern WatersAdvanced Class: Let the Whole Church Say Amen Feb. 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10 - 7 to 9 PMOnline only - Zoom link will be providedJill HaneyEmail Jill Haney to register$25
+ participants purchase their own book
Northern WatersAdvanced Class: Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition Feb. 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10 - 6 to 8 PMOnline only - Zoom link will be providedJill HaneyEmail Jill Haney to register$25
+ participants purchase their own book

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