Lay Servant Ministry CW





Commonwealth West District


Lay Servant Ministries   


                              Commonwealth West District Contacts                                  

Co-District Lay Leaders:

Joan Farrar –

Margaret Wilson –




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: 

Please visit

Our top priority in these uncertain times remains the health, safety and well-being of all people.


Upcoming Courses

NE Conference Districts Offering Courses Virtually

(follow the links below to find the courses being offered by each district).


Many Waters



Commonwealth East

Commonwealth West

Commonwealth West District

Advanced Lay Servant Ministries Course 

   For the Common Good: Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts

This course offers a scriptural understanding of spiritual gifts as always given “for the common good.” By helping participants identify and link their gifts, abilities, and sense of calling, they will learn the powerful connection between spiritual gifts and vocational discernment in the context of the mission of their local church. They will also learn how to make spiritual gifts discernment a part of their congregation’s culture and commitment to equip mission-focused leaders who make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Course Leader: George Button

Location:        Hope United Methodist Church (handicap accessible)
                        31 Main Street, Belchertown MA 01007                       

Dates:               Saturday October 23 & Saturday October 30, 2021  

Time:               9:30 am – 3:00 pm


Facial masking required by all. 

Social distancing practiced.

For more information and to download the registration form.

Green Mountain


Link to purchase books:


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.