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Lay Servant Ministries

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Levels of Certification in
Lay Servant Ministries and Process Details

Certified Lay Servant Process

Certified Lay Speaker Process

Certified Lay Minister Process

Certified Lay Servant
Annual Reports & Renewal Requests

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

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.

Questions?

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

District Directors

Central Bay: TBD

East Winds: Kristen LePalm & Deb Sturm

Greater Detroit: Sharon Appling

Greater Southwest: Basil Kidwell

Heritage: Anne Hanna & Colleen Croxall

Mid-Michigan: Randy Coller

Midwest: Sara Wolfsen

Northern Skies: Liane Callow

Northern Waters: TBD

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.

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 PersonCostRegister
East WindsBASIC Course: The Intro to Lay Servant MinistrySept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15

6:30 to 8:30 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be providedKristen LePalm$25Click to Register
East WindsBASIC Course: The Intro to Lay Servant MinistrySept. 18 from 5 to 7 PM
Sept. 19 from 10 to Noon & 1 to 3 PM
Sept. 25 from 5 to 7 PM
Sept. 26 from 10 to Noon
Online only - Zoom link will be providedKristen LePalm $25Click to Register
East WindsAdvanced: Lay Pastoral CareSept. 18 from 5 to 7 PM
Sept. 19 from 10 to Noon & 1 to 3 PM
Sept. 25 from 5 to 7 PM
Sept. 26 from 10 to Noon
Online only - Zoom link will be providedKristen LePalm$25Click to Register
East WindsAdvanced: Leading Missional Small GroupsSept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 11, 18

2 to 4 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be providedKristen LePalm $25Click to Register
East WindsAdvanced: Leading Public PrayerSept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11

3 to 5 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be providedKristen LePalm $25Click to Register
East WindsAdvanced: Personal PrayerSept. 11 from 5 to 7 PM
Sept. 12 from 10 to Noon and 1 to 3 PM
Sept. 25 from 5 to 7 PM
Sept. 26 from 10 to Noon
Online only - Zoom link will be providedKristen LePalm$25Click to Register
East WindsAdvanced: Polity, Life Together in the UMCSept. 27, Oct. 4, 11

1:30 to 4:45 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be providedKristen LePalm$25Click to Register
East WindsAdvanced: Polity, Life Together in the UMCSept. 18 from 5 to 7 PM
Sept. 19 from 10 AM to Noon & 1 to 3 PM
Sept. 25 from 5 to 7 PM
Sept. 26 from 10 AM to Noon
Online only - Zoom link will be providedKristen LePalm$25Click to Register
HeritageBASIC Course: The Intro to Lay Servant MinistryOct. 17 & 31

9 AM to 3:15 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be providedAnne Marie Hanna or Colleen Croxall$25
$35 after Oct. 7
Click to Register
HeritageAdvanced: Accountable DiscipleshipOct. 24 & Nov. 7

9 AM to 3:15 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be providedAnne Marie Hanna or Colleen Croxall$25
$35 after Oct. 14
Click to Register
HeritageAdvanced: Afire with God (Stewardship)Sept. 17, Oct. 1, 15, 29, Nov. 5

7 to 9 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be providedAnne Marie Hanna or Colleen Croxall$25
$35 after Sept. 8
Click to Register
HeritageAdvanced: Conflict ResolutionOct. 24 & 31

9 AM to 3:15 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be providedAnne Marie Hanna or Colleen Croxall$25
$35 after Oct. 14
Click to Register
HeritageAdvanced: Leading Public PrayerOct. 17 & 31

9 AM to 3:15 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be providedAnne Marie Hanna or Colleen Croxall$25
$35 after Oct. 7
Click to Register
HeritageAdvanced: Leading WorshipSept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20

6:30 to 8:30 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be providedAnne Marie Hanna or Colleen Croxall$25
$35 after Sept. 12
Click to Register
HeritageAdvanced: Life Together in the UM Connection (Polity)Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7

6:30 to 8:30 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be providedAnne Marie Hanna or Colleen Croxall$25
$35 after Sept. 1
Click to Register
MidwestAdvanced: Spiritual GiftsOct. 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3

Tuesdays 6:30 to 9 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be providedJody Pratt$25Click to Register
Northern WatersBASIC Course: The Intro to Lay Servant MinistrySept. 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13

Tuesdays 7 to 9 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be providedJill Haney$25

Books will be supplied
Click for Registration Details
Northern WatersBASIC Course: The Intro to Lay Servant MinistrySept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15

Thursdays 7 to 9 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be providedJill Haney$25

Books will be supplied
Click for Registration Details
Northern WatersAdvanced: Go Preach!Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14

Wednesdays 7 to 9 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be providedJill Haney$25

Advanced participants purchase their own book
Click for Registration Details
Northern WatersAdvanced: Conflict ResolutionSept. 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13

Tuesdays 6 to 8 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be providedJill Haney$25

Advanced participants purchase their own book
Click for Registration Details
Northern WatersAdvanced: Conflict ResolutionSept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14

Wednesdays 6 to 8 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be providedJill Haney$25

Advanced participants purchase their own book
Click for Registration Details
Northern WatersAdvanced: GriefSept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15

Thursdays 7 to 9 PM
Online only - Zoom link will be providedJill Haney$25

Advanced participants purchase their own book
Click for Registration Details

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.

New 2020 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