District Director of Lay Servant Ministries
Sally Joy, Director
An Update from the District Director of Lay Servant Ministries,
I just want to let folks know what’s been happening within Mid Maine District’s Lay Servant Ministry program.
Over the past two years, at least 46 people have taken the updated Basic Course. A good number of those were first-timers. Others were those willing to take the updated course, even though they had taken a basic course years ago. The committee is aware of nine different locations where this course was offered.
We know of 13 different advanced courses that have been offered during that same time period. Thanks so much to all those who instructed those sessions. Desi Larson offered several in Readfield, including Leading Prayer from the Lay Speaker Track. Jen Curran and Linda Campbell Marshall have led two advanced courses, one in Randolph and the other in Rockland, both from the Lay Speaker track, with make-up sessions for all classes. These classes have been especially welcome, as lay “servants” who were lay speakers have been working to regain the “speaker” designation.
General Conference made a few changes to the Lay Servant Ministry program. 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. The major difference is that those who were Local Lay Servants will no longer be asked to prepare a report for their local church conference. The basic course remains as the first step toward becoming a Certified Lay Servant, and folks should be prepared to report the year in which they took the basic when they request that certification.
For a list of courses, please click on 2016 Lay Servant Ministries Equipping Resources Catalog
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to offer to help.
We are not aware of any courses currently scheduled, but will let you know of classes as we become aware of them.
Blessings to you all,
District Chair of Lay Servant Ministries.
Lay Servant Minister Basic Course, Sept. 10 and Oct. 1
Trinity United Methodist Church Trinity UMC, Farmington, ME 10:00am-3:00pm (bring a bagged lunch)
Course Description: “God calls you to a life of servant hood 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