Lay Servants - NHD


New Hampshire District
District Director of Lay Servant Ministries
Dr. Douglas McDonald 
P.O. Box 245, North Haverhill, NH 03774
Phone:  603-747-3415


Lay Servant Page on the Discipleship Ministries Website

2016 Lay Ministry Equipping Resources Catalog

Lay Servant Ministries

The Lay Servant Ministries Program is changing … a lot!  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.  These changes will take effect on January 1, 2017.

Lay Servant Ministries Program Changes

Lay Servant Ministries Program Summary

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


New Lay Servant Ministries Forms

As you prepare for Church Conference please be aware that the Lay Servant Ministries Annual Report Forms have been updated this year.  Please be sure to use the new form as your report to the Church Conference.  Links are below.  Note:  As of January 1, 2017, there will no longer be Local Church Lay Servants.

Local Church Lay Servant Annual Report

Certified Lay Servant Annual Report

Certified Lay Minister Annual Report

Lay Speaker Annual Report


Saturdays October 22nd & November 5th, 2016 9am - 3pm

Advanced Lay Servant Ministries Course

“Life Together in the United Methodist Connection” (Polity)

Sanbornville UMC, 173 Meadow Street, Sanbornville, NH

Sanbornville Lay Servant Course Registration Form

This course gives participants an overview of the structure and organization of The United Methodist Church and is a requirement for Lay Speakers.  A Lay Speaker is a person who has completed the basic course in Lay Servant Ministry and is planning to preach where needed in other churches.  Part of the requirement for this direction in ministry is to take a course in polity.

The $30 registration fee covers the cost of the book, “Method of Our Mission”, food and supplies.  If you pre-register the book will be available at the first session.  If not, it will be available at the second session.  You can also order your own book from Cokesbury.

Polity can be fun if it is presented in an appealing manner.  Come and experience your heritage with the changes that have occurred over time.  Send in your registration form today, or contact Pam Maden if you have questions.




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 today!


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