Lay Servants - CMA

Central Massachusetts District
District Director of Lay Servant Ministries
Beth Ferguson


Spring 2017 Lay Servant Ministry Courses


Spring 2017 Lay Servant Ministry Courses announced.

The Central Mass District will be offering a Lay Servant Ministry Academy on March 18, April 1 and April 8 from 1-6PM at the First UMC of Hudson, 34 Felton St, Hudson, MA.

We will be offering 4 courses, 3 for adults and the youth course.


Basic Lay Servant Ministry- This course is foundational for all courses in Lay Servant Ministries. Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and 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. 


Basic Lay Servant Ministry for Youth- a course to help youth in grades 9-12 explore their call to lay ministry or to ordained ministry


Go Preach- This course is designed for those who have not completed formal preaching training, for pastors seeking a basic refresher course, and for others who are called upon to preach in a pastor’s absence.


Aging and Ministry in the 21st Century- a practical guide for building ministry for older adults. The church is in the hands of its elders. While the popular perception is that the ages are needy and infirm, Gentzler affirms that the majority of older adults have plenty to give and the church needs to tap into their wisdom, energy, experience and talents. He stresses that older adult ministry need to be by and with elders as well as for them, since participants will represent all stages of retirements and activity levels.



Please click here for the Registration form. The registration deadline is March 4.





About Lay Servant Ministries

Lay Speaking Ministries is now Lay Servant Ministries! General Conference 2012 agreed to a name change from Lay Speaking Ministries to Lay SERVANT Ministries. During the legislative process a section was added to maintain the role of lay SPEAKER as pulpit supply and set requirements for persons desiring to fill that role. Click here to read the more about the change.


Local Church Lay Servants serve in and through their local churches. To be recognized as a local church lay servant, one must be recommended by his/her pastor and church council or charge conference and complete the Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course. Each participant must reapply annually, reporting on service rendered and learning achieved during the year. Every three years the lay servant must complete a refresher course or continuing education course relating to his/her ministry.

Certified Lay Servants serve in their own churches, in other churches, and through district or conference projects and programs. This offers them the opportunity to expand their outreach and to enrich their ministry through the various advanced courses. To be recognized as a certified lay servant, one must be recommended by his/her pastor and church council or charge conference and complete the Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course as well as one Lay Servant Advanced Course. Each lay servant must report and be renewed annually, and he/she must complete at least one Advanced Course every three years.

Specialized Track: Lay Speaker – A lay speaker is a Certified Lay Servant who is called and equipped to serve the church in pulpit supply in accordance and compliance with the Book of Disciplines (2012) ¶341.1.  Lay speakers will have specific training as listed in this amendment, and will be interviewed by the district committee on Lay Servant Ministries. In the New England Annual Conference, the following comprise the training requirements for the Lay Speaker track: Discovering Spiritual GiftsLeading Worship, Leading Prayer, Preaching, United Methodist Heritage, and United Methodist Polity

Important Reminder: A refresher course is required every three years to remain a Local Church Lay Servant. To become a Certified Lay Servant and serve outside your local congregation, you must take one advanced course and continue by taking at least one advanced course every three years. All Local Church and Certified Lay Servants must submit an annual report of activities to their respective charge conference.


Annual Report

Lay Speakers must complete an annual report. Click here for a form that you can download and complete on your computer.