Lay Servants - CMA

Central MA District Director of Lay Servant Ministries
Beth Ferguson

Winter 2020 Courses

Introduction to Lay Ministry: The 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.
Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition
Structured around Wesley’s "means of grace," this study covers, among other topics, prayer, Scripture, the Lord’s Supper, and fasting – major features in John Wesley’s devotional life. Participants will learn how they can apply Wesley’s ministry to their own life.
Lay Servants as Christian Transformational Leaders
This course will guide lay servants seeking to be more empowered to lead their congregations toward vitality.

Winter Lay Servant Ministry Academy

The winter Lay Servant Ministry Academy take place at the Westford UMC, 10 Church St., Westford, MA.

Sessions are:

  • 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 25, 2020
  • 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 8, 2020
    •  Invite your pastor, family and friends to the closing worship at 3 p.m.

You must attend both days to receive credit.

Please send the registration form (click link to download) by Jan. 13, 2020 to:

Beth Ferguson
72 E. Central St., #402
Franklin, MA 02038

If you are waiting for signatures, you can email your intention to participate to by Jan. 13.

About Lay Servant Ministries

Certified Lay Servants - 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. 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. Each lay servant must report and be renewed annually, and he/she must complete at least one Advanced Course every three years.

Certified 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 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, 1 of the Preaching courses, 1 of the United Methodist Heritage courses, and United Methodist Polity

Important Reminder: 

To remain a Certified Lay Servant or Certified Lay Speaker you must take one advanced course and continue by taking at least one advanced course every three years. All Certified Lay Servants and speakers must submit an annual report of activities to their respective charge conference. Certified Lay Speakers must also be interviewed by the District Committee on Lay Servant Ministries every 3 years.

Annual Reports: An annual report is required. Click either Lay Servant Ministry or Certified Lay Speaker for the forms.

Certified Lay Ministers - A certified lay minister is a certified lay servant or certified lay missioner (or equivalent as defined by his or her central conference), who is called and equipped to conduct public worship, care for the congregation, assist in program leadership, develop new and existing faith communities, preach the Word, lead small groups, or establish community outreach ministries as part of a ministry team with the supervision and support of a clergy person. A certified lay minister is assigned by a district superintendent in accordance with ¶419.2.

The certified lay minister serves to enhance the quality of ministry, much like a class leader did in early Methodism through service in the local church, circuit, or cooperative parish, or by expanding team ministry in other churches and charges. As with lay ministry in early Methodism, the certified lay minister uses his or her spiritual gifts as evidence of God’s grace. Both the District Committee on Lay Servant Ministries are involved in the process of certification of Lay Ministers.