Lay Servants - MME

Mid-Maine District
District Director of Lay Servant Ministries
Sally Joy, Director


Click here for the new "Lay Ministries Form"
which has been approved for Church Conferences
Upcoming Lay Servant Course Offered

Lay Servant Ministry Basic Course

Tuesday evenings

November 1, 8, 15, 29 and December 6


Rumford United Methodist Church Parsonage

50 Franklin St. Rumford, Maine 


Course Description:  “God calls you to a life of servanthood as a disciple of Jesus Christ. ... Lay Servant Ministries is the first step for many laypersons toward their faith journey as they strive for a closer relationship with the Lord,” the authors write in the introduction. This course is the foundation for all the other Learning & Leading courses. 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… READ MORE and REGISTRATION

District Director of Lay Servant Ministries

Sally Joy, Director


What’s happening with the Lay Servant Ministry Program?


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 for more information or to offer to help.


We are not aware of any currently scheduled courses, but expect one on United Methodist Polity may be offered sometime this fall in either Randolph or Rockland.


For a list of courses, please click on 2016 Lay Servant Ministries Equipping Resources Catalog. Note that some courses are available online. On page 31, you will find a list of the courses that are part of the Lay Speaker track. (This is actually the right-hand side of page 16 in the PDF file.) These are the classes we are most interested in seeing offered, but there are numerous other options.


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,

Sally Joy

District Chair of Lay Servant Ministries