Lay Servants - VMT


Vermont District

Director of Lay Servant Ministries:
Ms. Marie MacDougall



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Request and Recommendation Form

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. 

2016 Lay Servant Ministries Courses

Basic Lay Servant Ministries Course:

"This course is foundational for all courses in Lay Servant Ministries. Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship."

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.

Advanced Lay Servant Ministries Courses:

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.

On-line courses are 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. Approval from the District Director is required for these courses. (see above) 

Lay Speaking/Servant Ministries Catalog

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.  

Annual Report

Lay Speakers must complete an annual report. Click here for a form that you can download and complete on your computer.

Lay Speaking/Servant Ministries

Discipleship Ministries Lay Servant Ministries web pages

New Name and important changes for the new role of Lay Speaker

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.

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About Lay Servant Ministries

There are two types of Lay Servants:

  1. Local Church Lay Servant serve in and through their local churches. To be recognized as a local church lay servant, one must be recommended by his/her pastor and church council or charge conference and complete the Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course. Each participant must reapply annually, reporting on service rendered and learning achieved during the year. Every three years the lay servant must complete a refresher course or continuing education course relating to his/her ministry
  2. Certified Lay Servants serve in their own churches, in other churches, and through district or conference projects and programs. This offers them the opportunity to expand their outreach and to enrich their ministry through the various advanced courses. To be recognized as a certified lay servant, one must be recommended by his/her pastor and church council or charge conference and complete the Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course as well as one Lay Servant Advanced Course. Each lay servant must report and be renewed annually, and he/she must complete at least one Advanced Course every three years.

 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.

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