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 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.
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:
No Basic Courses are scheduled at this time.*
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.