Director of Lay Servant Ministries:
Ms. Marie MacDougall
To register for a course, please submit a completed and signed Request and Recommendation Form. The mailing address and costs for each course are included in the class announcements.
Click here for the Form. Return forms to the Vermont District Director, Marie MacDougall, 19 Eastern Ave Apt 1, Barre VT 05641.
The BASIC course is an introductory course designed to equip new leaders and renew current leaders. This course covers the three main categories of Lay Servant Ministries: Leading, Caring, and Communicating. Its purpose is to equip us to be better church leaders - it is not a preaching course.
This is a refresher course for local lay servants and a first course for anyone interested in becoming a Local or Certified Lay Servant.
Upcoming Course Offerings:
The BASIC Lay Servant Ministries course will be offered at the Poultney UMC, 108 Main St, Poultney, Vermont 05764. The facilitator will be Pastor David Adams, assisted by Stephanie Smith. Pastor Adams telephone number is 802-287-4406.
Classes will be on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00PM, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 from 9:00AM to 1:00PM, and SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, from 9:00AM to 1:00PM.
If you are interested in taking this course please complete and have signed a Request and Recommendation form and send it to Marie MacDougall, 19 Eastern Ave., Apt. #1, Barre, VT 05641 with your check for $20 payable to “NECLSM” to cover the registration fee.
Be in touch with Pastor Adams to get the book for the course. He would like you to read chapters one and two prior to the class.
There are no Advanced Courses scheduled at this time.*
Please be aware that to get credit as a Certified Lay Servant you must have completed the Basic course.
*Contact Marie MacDougall (see above) if you would like a course offered in your geographic area.
Click here for the on-line Lay Servant Ministries Equipping Resources catalog which includes basic and advanced courses as well as some new and refresher courses.
Lay Speakers must complete an annual report. Click here for a form that you can download and complete on your computer.
Lay Speaking Ministries are now Lay Servant Ministries! General Conference 2012 agreed to a name change from Lay Speaking Ministries to Lay SERVANT Ministries. During the legislative process a section was added to maintain the role of LAY SPEAKER AS PULPIT SUPPLY and set requirements for persons desiring to fill that role. Click here to read the more about the change.
There are two types of Lay Servants:
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 to their respective charge conference.