Lay Servant Ministries

Lay Servant Ministries (LSM)


All laity is invited to participate in Lay Servant Ministries (LSM) courses, not just persons seeking to become a Certified Lay Servant.

Basic Course

This course is the foundation for all the other Learning & Leading courses for Lay Servant Ministries, and is required to become a Certified Lay Servant and Lay Speaker. In this course, you are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended. Participants are invited to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship. The course offers guidelines for best practices as a church leader and in mission and ministry in the community and in daily life.


Advanced Courses

Advanced courses equip the laity for service in many facets of lay ministry and congregational leadership. Completion of one Advanced Course after the Basic Course is required to become a Certified Lay Servant. Specified Advanced Courses are required to achieve the designation of Lay Speaker.


Local Church Lay Servant

Service
  • Lead Bible study in a local church
  • Lead mission trip in local church
  • Coordinate VBS in local church
  • Teach Sunday School
  • Lead UMM/UMW
  • Preach in one’s local church
Requirements
  • Pastor and charge conference approval
  • Complete the Basic Course in LSM
  • File annual report
  • Take a refresher course every 3 years
Training
  • Basic Course in LSM
Training Provided By
  • District

Certified Lay Servant

Service
  • Lead project for Missional Network
  • Train neighboring church in stewardship
  • Preach in another church
  • District officer for UMM/UMW
Requirements
  • Pastor and charge conference approval
  • Take an advance course after the Basic Course
  • File annual report
  • Complete 1 Advanced Course every 3 years
  • Person who wants to preach in another church will also meet with the District Committee for LSM and submit a sermon they’ve prepared and presented
Training
  • Advanced Course
  • Other approved alternatives
Training Provided By
  • District or group providing alternative curriculum

Certified Lay Speaker

Service
  • Provide interim pulpit supply while pastor is out on maternity/paternity leave
  • Preach regularly in a multiple-point charge
Requirements
  • Pastor and charge conference approval
  • Complete the required courses for Lay Speaker
  • Interview with District Committee on LSM
  • Approved by Annual Conference Committee on LSM
  • File annual report
  • Every 3 years, complete 1 Advanced Course and interview with District Committee on LSM
Training
Required Courses
Training Provided By

Roles

Listed below are the roles for licensed and ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church.


Certified Lay Minister (CLM)

Certified Lay Ministers are assigned to provide lay pastoral leadership for a congregation.

Requirements
  • Must pursue four courses
Additional Key Attributes
  • Empathy
  • Patience
  • Willingness to work under the supervision of a clergyperson

Deacon

Deacons are ordained to Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice.

Requirements
  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Master of Divinity Degree or equivalent
  • Two-year residency
Additional Key Attributes
  • Excellence in oral and written communication
  • Teamwork
  • Initiative

Elder

Elders are ordained to Service, Word, Sacrament, and Order.

Requirements
  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Master of Divinity Degree or equivalent
  • Two-year residency
Additional Key Attributes
  • Excellence in oral and written communication
  • Teamwork
  • Initiative
  • Risk-taking leadership

Licensed Local Pastor

Licensed Local Pastors are licensed to perform the duties of a pastor while appointed to a particular church.

Requirements
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Licensing School
  • Must pursue 5-year course of study
Additional Key Attributes
  • Excellence in oral and written communication
  • Willingness to seek help
  • Adaptability