Director of Lay Servant Ministries:
Ms. Dawn Hill-Fleury
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, Dawn Hill-Fleury, 9 Saybrook RD, Essex JCT VT 05452.
The 2016 General Conference approved significant changes to Lay Servant Ministries 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 took effect on January 1, 2017.
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 lay servants and a first course for anyone interested in becoming a Certified Lay Servant.
Basic Course Offering
The Basic Course will be offered at the Shaftsbury UMC on Saturdays, November 4, 11, 18, and 25, from 9:00 AM - Noon. Rev. Steve Dale will facilitate the course. Participants should take steps to get their own books* (Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course Participant's Book). Reach out to Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (802) 440-0217 with questions. Please complete the Request and Recommendation Form and return to Dawn Hill-Fleury (see above).
The Basic course is a church leadership course not a preaching course: all church members are urged to take this course!
Go Preach! Pastor Kerry Cameron will facilitate the "Go Preach!" course on Sundays, November 19 & 26 and December 3 & 10 from 1:00 - 3:30PM at the Methodist Community Center in Highgate, Vermont.
Please complete the Request and Recommendation Form and return it to Dawn Hill-Fleury, 9 Saybrook RD, Essex JCT VT 0545 along with a check payable to “NECLSM” for the $20 registration fee.
Participants should order their own books from Cokesbury or Upper Room*. (Go Preach!, John Gilbert, DR384, 978-0-88177-384-2 $14).
To get credit as a Certified Lay Servant you must have completed the Basic course.
*Contact Dawn Hill-Fleury (see above) if you would like a course offered in your geographic area.
Click here to access the Lay Servant Ministries Equipping Resources catalog which provides details about different categories of Lay Servants as well as the courses that are available.
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 changes made in 2012 (additional changes were made at General Conference 2016).