Lay Servants - CMA

Central Massachusetts District
District Director of Lay Servant Ministries
Beth Ferguson
508-528-7701

 

 

Fall 2018 Lay Servant Ministry Courses announced.

 

 

  • Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course
  • Advanced Course: Class Leaders (Accountable Discipleship is a prerequisite)
  • Advanced Course: Spiritual Gifts

 

Dates and Time

Each course will meet on three Saturdays: October 13, November 3 & 10. All classes will meet from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Location

Oxford United Methodist Church – 465 Main Street – Oxford, MA 01540

Registration and Course Fee

$45.00 (Checks payable to: The New England Conference).

Please mail the registration form and your check by Friday, October 5th to Beth Ferguson, 388 Oakland Parkway, Franklin, MA 02038.

Upon mailing of your registration, please call or email your name and course selection to Beth – (508) 528-7701 - betheferguson@gmail.com

Course Descriptions

  • Lay Servant Ministries Basic 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.
  • Class Leaders (Accountable Discipleship is a prerequisite): This course will explore the office of class leader in the Wesleyan Methodist tradition. It examines the need for recovering the lay pastoral ministry of the class leader for the twenty-first-century church.
  • Spiritual Gifts: This course helps participants understand spiritual gifts and how the church can use them to fulfill its mission and ministry. Participants will also learn what it means to be a spiritual leader and will be equipped to lead others in exploring and using their spiritual gifts.

 

NEUMC Central Mass District Lay Servant Ministries Courses – Winter 2019

LSM Courses

  • Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course
  • Lay Servants Lead in Conflict Resolution
  • Justice in Every Day Life

Dates and Time

Each course will meet on two Saturdays: January 26 and February 9. Both classes will meet from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location

S. Walpole UMC 1886 Washington St. S. Walpole

Registration and Course Fee

$45.00 (Checks payable to: The New England Conference).

Please mail the registration form and your check by Friday, January 11th to Beth Ferguson, 388 Oakland Parkway, Franklin, MA 02038.

Upon mailing of your registration, please call or email your name and course selection to Beth – (508) 528-7701 - betheferguson@gmail.com

Course Descriptions

  • Lay Servant Ministries Basic 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.
  • Lay Servants Lead in Conflict Resolution: Every church deals with conflict, both healthy and unhealthy, and lay servants can be equipped and empowered to help lead through those times of conflict as a time of transformation. The author of the book is Thomas Porter a professor at BU and he has agreed to be with us to lead on January 29th.

 

  • Justice in Every Day Life: This course looks at the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church. The Social Principles are being revised and we will explore the current Social Principles in the Book of Discipline as well as the draft of the recommended changes to be voted at General Conference in 2020. Note that the section on Human Sexuality has not been revised, pending decisions made at the Special General Conference on February 23-26, 2019.

 

 

 

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Leading Bible Study: This course opens a new world for many lay servants who have not had professional training in biblical interpretation. It reminds us as United Methodists that Bible study and biblical interpretation are a core part of our spiritual journey.

Please click here for the Registration form. The registration deadline is September 16th.

 Registration

 

In addition, we will be offering a 2 day Basic Lay Servant Ministry course on 2 dates November 4 from 9-4 and November 18th from 9-3 at the Westboro UMC, 120 W Main St. You must be present on both days to complete the course.

Please click here for the registration form. The registration deadline is October 21.

Registration

 

 

 

We are also looking ahead to 2018 and have set the following dates and courses with more details to follow.

 Spring 2018: 4/7, 4/14 and 4/21 at the Qunisigamund UMC. The courses will be Basic Lay Servant Ministry, Accountable Discipleship and Preaching

 

Fall 2018: 10/13, 11/3 and 11/10; at the Oxford UMC

We will be offering Basic Lay Servant Ministry, Class Leaders and Spiritual Gifts at this session

 

 

About Lay Servant Ministries

Lay Speaking Ministries is 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.

 

Local Church Lay Servants 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.

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.

Specialized Track: Lay Speaker – A lay speaker is a Certified Lay Servant who is called and equipped to serve the church in pulpit supply in accordance and compliance with the Book of Disciplines (2012) ¶341.1.  Lay speakers will have specific training as listed in this amendment, and will be interviewed by the district committee on Lay Servant Ministries. In the New England Annual Conference, the following comprise the training requirements for the Lay Speaker track: Discovering Spiritual GiftsLeading Worship, Leading Prayer, Preaching, United Methodist Heritage, and United Methodist Polity

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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Annual Report

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