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.
Greater Detroit: Wilma Fleming
Greater Southwest: Basil Kidwell
Mid-Michigan: Randy Coller
Midwest: Sara Wolfsen
Northern Skies: Liane Callow
Northern Waters: Doris Felton
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.
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.
Lay Servant Ministries ClassesA list of all Lay Servant Ministries Classes in Michigan. Find one that fits your schedule and location.
|District||Course||Date & Time||Location||Contact Person||Cost||Register|
|Greater Detroit||Advanced: Leading Prayer||Jan. 3, 2020 from 6 to 9 PM|
Jan. 4, 2020 from 10 AM to 5 PM
|St. Paul's UMC||Wilma Fleming||$45||Registration Coming Soon|
|Greater Detroit||Advanced: Go Preach||Jan. 13, 2020 from 6 to 9 PM|
Jan. 14, 2020 from 10 AM to 5 PM
|Conant Ave||Wilma Fleming||$45||Registration Coming Soon|
|Greater Detroit||Advanced: Leading Bible Study||Jan. 17, 2020 from 6 to 9 PM|
Jan. 18, 2020 from 10 AM to 5 PM
|Calvary UMC||Wilma Fleming||$45||Registration Coming Soon|
Some Advanced Courses, approved by Discipleship Ministries are available online through beadisciple.com. Look for Affiliation of Certified Lay Ministry and Lay Servant Ministries.
- 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.