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. 

2017 Changes in Lay Servant Ministries

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 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

2017 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 lay servants and a first course for anyone interested in becoming a Certified Lay Servant.

No Basic Courses are scheduled at this time.

The Basic course is a church leadership course not a preaching course: all church members are urged to take this course!

Advanced Lay Servant Ministries Courses:

Leading in Prayer to be offered at Essex UMC

Dawn Hill-Fleury will facilitate the advanced Lay Servant course, "Leading in Prayer - Let the Whole Church say, 'Amen,'” at the Essex Center UMC, 119 Center Rd, Essex VT. There will be four (4) classes on SUNDAY, afternoons from 1:00-3:30 pm. The classes will start at the end of June or early July at the convenience of class participants. Let us know what works for you! 

Anyone interested should complete and have signed a "Request & Recommendation" form. Return it with a check for the registration fee of $20 payable to “NECLSM” to Marie MacDougall, Director of LSM/CLM, 19 Eastern Ave Apt1, Barre Vermont 05641.

Tricia Waldron from Faith UMC will be ordering books, so contact her at to get your book. You will pay her for your book. 

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 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.  

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 changes made in 2012 (additional changes were made at General Conference 2016).

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