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Commonwealth West District


Lay Servant Ministries   

                              Commonwealth West District Contacts                                  

Co-District Lay Leaders:

Joan Farrar –

Margaret Wilson –

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Certified Lay Ministry Brochure and Checklist

Certified Lay Ministry (CLM) is designed to develop the gifts of lay persons who hear God’s call to lead congregations in very specific ways. Please follow the links below for more information. 

Certified Lay Ministry Brochure (CLM) click here.

Certified Lay Ministry Checklist (CLM) click here. 

What is Lay Servant Ministries?

According to the Book of Discipline, a lay servant is a professing member of a local church or charge conference who is "ready and desirous to serve the Church and who is well informed on and committed to the Scriptures and the doctrine, heritage, organization and life of The United Methodist Church." "A lay servant has received specific training to develop skills in witnessing to the Christian faith through spoken communication, church and community leadership, and care-giving ministries."  All Certified Lay Servants must submit an annual report to their charge conference and be reapproved annually.

The 2016 General Conference of the UMC adopted several resolutions that helped to define and clarify the various certifications in Lay Servant Ministries.  Beginning January 1, 2017:

Local Lay Servant – is no longer a valid designation and no annual reporting is required.

Certified Lay Servant – has successfully completed the Basic Lay Servant Ministry course in Leading, Caring and Communicating, and has successfully completed an approved advanced lay servant ministry course of study. Annual reporting is required (see form below).

Certified Lay Speaker – is a Certified Lay Servant who has completed the requirements for this certification, including the successful completion of six required advanced lay servant courses.  Annual reporting is required (see form below).

Certified Lay Minister – is a Certified Lay Servant who has met all of the requirements and courses of study for this certification, and has been approved by his/her district superintendent, District Board and Conference Board of Lay Servant Ministry. Annual reporting is required (see form below).

Here is a  LSM Info Sheet for specific requirements for each category which includes the requirements for Certified Lay Servants, Certified Lay Speakers and Certified Lay Ministers.

Annual Report

Annual Reports for Lay Ministries: 

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Upcoming Courses

NE Conference Districts Offering Courses Virtually and In-Person

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Commonwealth West District - Advanced Lay Servant Course: 

"Life Together in the United Methodist Connection"

This course gives participants an overview of the structure and organization of The United Methodist Church.

Course Leader: Rev. Megan Stowe

Location: Hybrid (see link below) and/or First United Methodist Church, 25 Church Street, Greenfield, MA 

Dates: Saturday August 6, 13, & 20, 2022

Time: 4-7 pm (extended an hour on the last day)

This advanced course is being offered as a hybrid course. One can either go to First United Methodist Church in Greenfield or join by zoom (see link below).

Because of the timing of the funeral of retired minister and former district superintendent, Rev. Tom McKeown, DS Megan will be teaching the first class from her home. For those taking the course, we'll be discussing Part 1 (through page 66) on Saturday, August 6th. 

Registrants are responsible for purchasing their own text: The Method of our Mission by Laceye C. Warner

2016 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church (free online version)

 Please Register: Course Registration Form


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Lay 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.