Lay Servants - NHD


New Hampshire District
District Director of Lay Servant Ministries
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Lay Servant Page on the Discipleship Ministries Website

2017 Lay Ministry Equipping Resources Catalog



Saturdays September 16 & 30, 2017 8:30am - 4pm

Two Advanced Lay Servant Courses

Trinity UMC, 18 Lancaster Road, Whitefield, NH

Whitefield Registration Form

Rev. Richard Boyden, Pastor Stephen Macleod and Pastor Aaron Cox are offering a Lay Ministries Training event - two advanced courses, “Class Leaders: Recovering a Tradition” and “Called to Preach”.

Called to Preach!   

A down-to-earth, practical introduction to the ins and outs of preaching for lay preachers, bi-vocational pastors, and others newly arrived in the pulpit. In the recent years, there has been a considerable increase in the amount of financial resources required to support a full-time pastor in the local congregation. Large numbers of full-time, seminary trained clergy are retiring, without adequate numbers of new clergy available to take their place.

This has caused a large number of lay preachers and bi-vocational pastors to respond to the call to fill the church pulpit. These people often draw from a wealth of life experiences, as well as having the spiritual gift to prepare a good sermon. They have no doubt listened to many sermons throughout their lives. This course will provide detailed instruction in the how-tos of preaching. That is precisely what this brief, practical guide to preaching has to offer.

This training will meet the needs of those for whom preaching is not their sole or primary occupation.  We will explore ideas which every preacher thinks about when creating a sermon particularly moving or memorable to them. The class will work on an appropriate biblical text or sermon topic, learning how to listen to one's first impressions of what a text means, moving from text or topic to the sermon itself while keeping the listeners needs firmly in mind. We will learn to make thorough and engaging use of stories in the sermon, and delivering with passion and conviction. We will explore helpful suggestions for resources, including Bibles, commentaries, other print resources and websites.

Class Leaders: Recovering a Tradition                            

David Lowes Watson explains what the recovery of this tradition can mean for congregations, and offers some guidelines for the revitalized office of class leader.  This volume is the second in a trilogy: Covenant Discipleship, Class Leaders, and Forming Christian Disciples.

Adapting the later Methodist class meeting as a pastoral subdivision of the congregation, Watson shows how class leaders, under the supervision of the pastor, can nurture the discipline of other church members in light of a “General Rule of Discipline” derived from the early Methodist societies: “To witness to Jesus Christ in the world, and to follow his teachings through acts of compassion, justice, worship, and devotion, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.”

The cost of the training is $45 payable to the White Mountain Parish. The fee covers the costs of books, training material and meals. Lunch and snacks will be available each day. There is a limit of 14 for each class, so your quick response is encouraged and appreciated.  Return the registration form or contact Aaron Cox at 603-444-6388 or

Financial assistance is available for those living in the North Country should there be a need.

Any assistance from the local church is most appreciated.


Lay Servant Ministries

The Lay Servant Ministries Program has changed, effective January 1, 2017  The 2016 General Conference adopted proposals that amended ¶’s 266 - 271 of the 2012 Book of Discipline.  Review the links below for an overview of the changes, summary, and copies of the 2016 BOD paragraphs.

Lay Servant Ministries Program Changes

Lay Servant Ministries Program Summary

Lay Servant Ministries Program - 2016 BOD ¶’s 266 - 268


New Lay Servant Ministries Annual Report Forms

Local Church Lay Servant Annual Report

Certified Lay Servant Annual Report

Certified Lay Minister Annual Report

Lay Speaker Annual Report


Online Courses Available offers several on-line courses each year that have been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as advanced courses in Lay Servant Ministries.   

Go to and be sure to scroll down to view them all.   


Would you like to teach a Lay Servant Course? 

We are always looking for people willing to share their wisdom, experience and passion for ministry.  Contact Doug McDonald or the NH District Office today!


Important Reminder: A refresher course is required every three years to remain a 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 Lay Servants must submit an annual report of activities at their church conference.