Lay Servants - MME

 
Mid-Maine District
District Director of Lay Servant Ministries
 
Sally Joy, Director
 
jsjoy@roadrunner.com
 
 

 

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

Living Our United Methodist Beliefs

  (United Methodist Heritage)

            Lay Servant/Lay Speaker Ministry Core Course:

     October 7 & 21, 2017

Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Rockland, Saturday, October 7 and Saturday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch break – please bring a bag lunch)

Course Description:  This course will explore the special gifts of theology, witness, and organization that The United Methodist Church brings to the church universal, how we got where we are today, and how our distinctive emphases are still needed in the 21st century church.

Note: This is one of the core courses for those on the Lay Speaker track and is applicable for recertification for Lay Servants and Lay Speakers.

Instructors: Rev. Linda Campbell-Marshall and Pastor Jen Curran

Required Text Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Kenneth L. Carder (DR571 978-0-88177-571–6) This text is required and you must obtain a copy and bring it with you to our first class. It is available at cokesbury.com, amazon.com (including Kindle), and through the Upper Room Bookstore.  Please read the first 6 chapters before the first session; the last 5 chapters before the second session.

LINK TO ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

Course fee: $10  To register and for more information, contact Jen Curran, pastorjcurran@gmail.com or 207-458-4404. Register by October 2. Note that our preference is that you register online. There will be an option to pay online or you may bring a check to the first session.  If you are unable to do the online registration, you may fill out the form below and mail it to Aldersgate UMC, 15 Wesley Lane, Rockland, ME 04841.

If paying by check, please make it out to New England Conference UMC and on the memo line: Advanced LSM Course – Rockland. If cost is prohibitive, check with your church – some churches and Districts have scholarships available.

 

REGISTRATION – Please complete by October 2

Lay Servant Ministry Course, Oct. 7 & 21 – Living Our United Methodist Beliefs

Print Clearly – Thank You

 

Name: ___________________________________________   Date: _______________________

Address: _______________________________________________________________________

Email: ________________________________  Phone: __________________________________

Is this your first Lay Minister or Lay Speaker Course? ___ Yes    ___ No 

If no, please list previous courses and dates:

 _______________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Lay Servant Minister Basic Course, November 11 & 18, 2017

Wayne Community Church, Saturday, November 11 and Saturday, November 18,
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with a lunch break – please bring a bag lunch)

 

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… This course offers guidelines for best practices as a church leader and in mission and ministry in the community and in daily life.  The Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course is a foundational course designed to equip new church leaders and renew current leaders in The United Methodist Church. The Basic Course can be used for both adults and youth. Consisting of two five-hour sessions, it may serve as a short-term study for small groups, Sunday school classes, and new member classes. Instructors: Rev. Linda Campbell-Marshall and Pastor Jen Curran

Required TextLay Servant Ministries, Basic Course, Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson - ISBN: 9780881776263. This text is available from several sources including The Upper Room Bookstore and cokesbury.com. It is required and you must obtain a copy and bring it with you to our first class. Please read Chapters 1 and 2 prior to the first session.

LINK TO ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

Course fee: $10  To register and for more information, contact Jen Curran, pastorjcurran@gmail.com or 207-458-4404. Please register by November 4. Note that our preference is that you register online. There will be an option to pay online or you may bring a check to the first session.  If you are unable to do the online registration, you may fill out the form below and mail it to Wayne Community Church-United Methodist , PO Box 300, Wayne, ME 04284.

If paying by check, please make it out to New England Conference UMC and on the memo line write: Basic LSM Course – Wayne. If cost is prohibitive, check with your church – some churches and Districts have scholarships available.

 

REGISTRATION FORM – Please complete by November 3

Lay Servant Ministry Basic Course, Nov 11 & 18, 2017

Print Clearly – Thank You

 

Name: ___________________________________________   Date: _______________________

Address: _______________________________________________________________________

Email: ________________________________  Phone: __________________________________

Home Church: __________________________________________________________________

As you prayerfully consider taking this course, please meet and discuss with your pastor. UMC pastor’s approval is required for participants.

Pastor’s Name: ___________________________________ (please print)

Pastor’s Signature: ________________________________________   Date: _________________

Is this your first Lay Minister or Lay Speaker Course? ___ Yes    ___ No  If no, please list previous courses and dates: ___________________________________________________(continue on back if necessary)

 
 
 
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 jsjoy@roadrunner.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. For the 2017 Lay Servant Ministry Brochure click here.

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