District Director of Lay Servant Ministries
Sally Joy, Director
Many of us are working to regain the Lay Speaker designation, but not all courses on the Lay Speaker track have yet been available. Nor are all advanced courses, although applicable for certification or recertification purposes, on the Lay Speaker track. As the time for local church conferences draws near, we ask that all those seeking certification or recertification use the form designed specifically for Certified Lay Servant.
We really need people (pastors and/or Certified Lay Servants) to volunteer to lead courses. Please contact me at email@example.com for more information or to offer to help.
For a list of courses, please click on 2017 Lay Servant Ministries Equipping Resources Catalog. Note that some courses are available online.
As many of you know, General Conference made a few more changes to the program this year. The most significant of these is that they have done away with the Local Lay Servant category. Taking the basic course still prepares a person to serve in the same ways as before in their local church and is still the first step in the Lay Servant Ministry program.
Those who were Local Lay Servants will no longer be asked to prepare a report for their local church conference until they have taken an advanced course and are looking to be recognized as a Certified Lay Servant. The Conference expects this to happen within three years of the time the basic course was taken. Otherwise a refresher basic may be required.
It is my understanding that anyone who has taken the basic course for the first time during the past year should submit a Local Lay Servant form so that we will have a record of when you took the course. We know that this is confusing, but ask your patience as we try to work through the recent changes.
Blessings to you all,
District Chair of Lay Servant Ministries