Lay Servants - MME

Mid-Maine District
Lay Servant Ministries
Anne Carter, Director
Sharon Merrill, Registrar



The Mid-Maine Committee on Lay Servant Ministries (LSM) is preparing for the season of church and charge conferences. We have a new Director, Anne Carter (from Winthrop UMC), and a new Registrar, Sharon Merrill (from Bolsters Mills UMC). We have continuity with Pastor Elizabeth Bailey Mitchell (People's UMC and Searsmont UMC) and we have two new members: Anna Jean (AJ) Alexander - one of Mid-Maine’s two Certified Lay Ministers, and a member of Bolsters Mills UMC - and Claire Piddock from Readfield UMC. But we definitely have room for more! So please contact either Anne or Rev. Karen Munson if you are interested in this committee.

We are excited that some of the District churches will have new Certified Lay Servants and Certified Lay Speakers! If you are the person preparing reports at one of those churches, we ask you to notify us (see contact info below), so that we can check that each person has met the requirements. Then we can prepare a certificate ahead of time that our District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Karen Munson, can bring to the church/charge conference.

We encourage you to arrange for the person(s) to attend so that the certificate can be presented at that time. (If the person is not able to attend, the pastor can present the certificate at a later time.)

Or perhaps you have persons who already are Certified Lay Servants or Certified Lay Speakers. Please be sure that they fill out their annual report ( and have it ready to give to the District Superintendent at the church/charge conference. The following link gives more information on how each of these is defined: It is important for people to know that Certified Lay Servant is an excellent path for those who want to deepen their understanding of ministry, but don’t want to speak in front of a group!

Please feel free to contact Anne or Sharon with any questions (email address above). 

Click here for the new "Lay Ministries Form" which has been approved for Church Conferences
Upcoming Lay Servant Course Offered:

Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (United Methodist Polity) Explore the interrelationship between our beliefs, mission, and practice. This course gives participants an overview of the structure and organization of The United Methodist Church.  Open to all. Fulfills the Polity requirement for those seeking Lay Speaker credentials.

Instructor Rev. Dr. Karen Munson, MidMaine District Superintendent

Dates: Feb. 9 (not 10), 16, (Sat). 9:00am-12:30PM, March 10 (Sun) 2-5PM 

Where: Choir Room, UMC of Auburn

Required texts: 

1) “The Method of Our Mission” by Laceye C. Warner

2) 2016 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church

Note:  Both books are available at Cokesbury and Amazon.  




or paper registration: Mail to Mid-Maine District, PO Box 89, East Winthrop, ME 04343


Name: ___________________________________________   Date: _______________________

Address: _______________________________________________________________________

Email: ________________________________  Phone: __________________________________

Home Church: __________________________________________________________________

As you prayerfully consider taking this course, please meet and discuss with your pastor. UMC pastor’s approval is required for participants.

Pastor’s Name: ___________________________________ (please print)

Pastor’s Signature: ________________________________________   Date: _________________Is this your first Lay Minister or Lay Speaker Course? ___ Yes    ___ No 

If no, please list previous courses and dates: ___________________________________________________