Lay Servant Ministry



A Lay Servant is a professing member of a local United Methodist Church or charge who is desirous to serve the Church and who is well informed on and committed to the Scriptures and the doctrine, organization and life of the United Methodist Church. A Lay Speaker receives specific training to develop skills in witnessing to the Christian faith through spoken communication, church and community leadership and care-giving ministries. An applicant must be active in the support of the local church or charge.


Lay Servants serve the local charge or charge (or beyond the local church or charge) in any way in which their witness or leadership and service inspires the laity to deeper commitment to Christ.


Through continued study and training, a Lay Servant prepares to undertake one or more of the following functions, giving primary attention to service within the local church or charge:

  • to take the initiative in providing leadership, assistance and support of the programs of  the local church or charge
  • to lead meetings for prayer, training, study and discussion as requested by the pastor, the district superintendent or the committee on Lay Speaking
  • to conduct, or assist in conducting, services of worship and to present sermons and addresses when requested by the pastor, the district superintendent or the committee on Lay Speaking
  • to provide leadership for congregational, community life and fostering care giving ministries of the church



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