Lay Servants - CMA

Central Massachusetts District
District Director of Lay Servant Ministries
Beth Ferguson



Central MA District Announces Fall, 2016 Lay Servant Ministries Courses*


Each course will meet on three Saturdays – September 24 and October 8 from 1-6 PM and October 15 from 12 Noon to 4 PM. *This information can also be found on the Central Massachusetts District Event Calendar
Location: South Athol United Methodist Church; 65 Morgan Ave; Athol, MA 01331
Registration Fee: $45.00 Registration Deadline: Noon Friday, September 9, 2016
Download: Registration Form




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.