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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 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

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 MinistriesOct. 8 & 15
9:30 AM to 3 PM
Rose City Trinity UMC
125 W. Main St., Rose City
Participants are
responsible for
purchasing their
own book
Click to RegisterMerry Henderson
Central BayBASIC Course: Intro to Lay Ministries

(This class will be native inclusive, but non-natives are welcome to attend.)
Oct. 21
Noon to 5 PM
Oct. 22 9 AM to 2 PM
Oscoda UMC
120 W. Dwight St., Oscoda
Participants are
responsible for
purchasing their
own book
Click to RegisterMerry Henderson
Central BayAdvanced: Lay Servants as Transformational LeadersSept. 24, Oct. 8
9 AM to 2:30 PM
Farwell UMC
281 E. Ohio St., Farewell
Participants are
responsible for
purchasing their
own book
Click to RegisterMerry Henderson
Central BayAdvanced: Lay Pastoral Care GivingOct. 8 & 15
9:30 AM to 3 PM
Rose City Trinity UMC
125 W. Main St., Rose City
Participants are
responsible for
purchasing their
own book
Click to RegisterMerry Henderson
East WindsBASIC Course: Intro to Lay MinistriesSept. 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5
6 to 8 PM
Snover: Heritage
3329 Washington St (Snover Rd.) 48472
$25Click to RegisterBecki Brice
East WindsBASIC Course: Intro to Lay MinistriesSept. 30
4:30 to 9 PM
Oct. 1
9 AM to 5 PM
Clio: Bethany
353 E Vienna St, 48420
$60
(Includes meals)
Click to RegisterBecki Brice
East WindsAdvanced: Biblical Interpretation: A Roadmap
(Leading Bible Study)
Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 8
3 to 5 PM
Bad Axe: First
216 E Woodworth St. 48413
$25Click to RegisterBecki Brice
East WindsAdvanced: Biblical Interpretation: A Roadmap
(Leading Bible Study)
Sept. 30
4:30 to 9 PM
Oct. 1
9 AM to 5 PM
Clio: Bethany
353 E Vienna St, 48420
$60
(Includes meals)
Click to RegisterBecki Brice
East WindsAdvanced: Life Together in the UM Connection (Polity)Sept. 30
4:30 to 9 PM
Oct. 1
9 AM to 5 PM
Clio: Bethany
353 E Vienna St, 48420
$60
(Includes meals)
Click to RegisterBecki Brice
East WindsAdvanced: Soul Reset: Relearning the Rhythms of Grace Through Daily Life with GodSept. 30
4:30 to 9 PM
Oct. 1
9 AM to 5 PM
Clio: Bethany
353 E Vienna St, 48420
$60
(Includes meals)
Click to RegisterBecki Brice
East WindsAdvanced: Children of Abraham: Interfaith StudySept. 30
4:30 to 9 PM
Oct. 1
9 AM to 5 PM
Clio: Bethany
353 E Vienna St, 48420
$60
(Includes meals)
Click to RegisterBecki Brice
Greater DetroitBASIC Course: Intro to Lay MinistriesOct. 11, 13, 25, 27
7 PM
Oct 15, 29
10 AM
Zoom link will be provided$25Click to RegisterLewis Moore
Greater DetroitAdvanced: Leading Adult Bible StudyOct. 11, 13, 25, 27
7 PM
Oct 15, 29
10 AM
Zoom link will be provided$25Click to RegisterLewis Moore
Greater DetroitBASIC Course: Intro to Lay MinistriesNov. 1, 3, 15, 17
7 PM
Nov. 5, 19
10 AM
Zoom link will be provided$25Click to RegisterLewis Moore
Greater DetroitAdvanced: Spiritual GiftsNov. 1, 3, 15, 17
7 PM
Nov. 5, 19
10 AM
Zoom link will be provided$25Click to RegisterLewis Moore
Greater DetroitAdvanced: Leading Public PrayerNov. 1, 3, 15, 17
7 PM
Nov. 5, 19
10 AM
Zoom link will be provided$25Click to RegisterLewis Moore
Greater DetroitAdvanced: UMC History and TraditionsNov. 1, 3, 15, 17
7 PM
Nov. 5, 19
10 AM
Zoom link will be provided$25Click to RegisterLewis Moore
HeritageBASIC Course: Intro to Lay MinistryOct. 15 & 29
9 AM to 3 PM
Chelsea First
128 Park Street, Chelsea 48118
Bring your own lunchClick to RegisterAnne Marie Hanna
HeritageAdvanced: Ministry with the Forgotten: Dementia through a Spiritual LensOct. 15 & 29
9 AM to 3 PM
Chelsea First
128 Park Street, Chelsea 48118
Bring your own lunchClick to RegisterAnne Marie Hanna
HeritageAdvanced: Lead in Conflict ResolutionOct. 29 & Nov. 12
9 AM to 3 PM
Milford UMC
1200 Atlantic St, Milford 48381
Bring your own lunchClick to RegisterAnne Marie Hanna
HeritageAdvanced: Life Together in the UMC (Polity)Oct. 15 & 29
9 AM to 3 PM
Chelsea First
128 Park Street, Chelsea 48118
Bring your own lunchClick to RegisterAnne Marie Hanna
HeritageAdvanced: For the Common Good (Spiritual Gifts)Sept. 24 & Oct. 1
9 AM to 3 PM
Zoom link will be providedClick to RegisterAnne Marie Hanna
Mid-MichiganBASIC Course: Intro to Lay MinistriesOct. 22, 29
9 AM to 2:30 PM
Lowe UMC
5485 W Lowe Rd, St. Johns
$15, Participants responsible for purchasing bookClick to RegisterRandy Coller
Mid-MichiganAdvanced: Leading Public PrayerOct. 22, 29
9 AM to 2:30 PM
Lowe UMC
5485 W Lowe Rd, St. Johns
$20, Participants responsible for purchasing bookClick to RegisterRandy Coller
Mid-MichiganAdvanced: Called to PreachOct. 22, 29
9 AM to 2:30 PM
Lowe UMC
5485 W Lowe Rd, St. Johns
$20, Participants responsible for purchasing bookClick to RegisterRandy Coller
MidwestAdvanced: Leading Public PrayerOct . 1 & 15
9 AM to 3 PM
Wesley Park UMC
1150 32nd St., Wyoming
$15, Participants responsible for purchasing bookClick to RegisterSara Wolfsen
MidwestAdvanced: PreachingOct . 1 & 15
9 AM to 3 PM
Wesley Park UMC
1150 32nd St., Wyoming
$15, Participants responsible for purchasing bookClick to RegisterSara Wolfsen
Northern WatersBASIC Course: Intro to Lay MinistriesOct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3
7 to 9 PM
Zoom link will be providedEmail Jill Haney to RegisterSK Osborn or
Colleen Wierman
Northern WatersAdvanced: From Your Heart to Theirs (Preaching)Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
6 to 8 PM
Zoom link will be providedEmail Jill Haney to RegisterSK Osborn or
Colleen Wierman
Northern WatersAdvanced: Let the Whole Church Say AmenOct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1
7 to 9 PM
Zoom link will be providedEmail Jill Haney to RegisterSK Osborn or
Colleen Wierman

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

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