Lay Servants - MME

Mid-Maine District
District Director of Lay Servant Ministries
Sally Joy, Director


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

Lay Servant Minister Basic Course, April 7 & 14, 2018

Wayne Community Church, Saturday, April 7 and Saturday, April 14,
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  (with a lunch break – please bring a bag lunch)

Course Description:  “God calls you to a life of servanthood as a disciple of Jesus Christ. ... Lay Servant Ministries is the first step for many laypersons toward their faith journey as they strive for a closer relationship with the Lord,” the authors write in the introduction. This course is the foundation for all the other Learning & Leading courses. In this course you are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended. Participants are invited to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders… This course offers guidelines for best practices as a church leader and in mission and ministry in the community and in daily life.  The Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course is a foundational course designed to equip new church leaders and renew current leaders in The United Methodist Church. The Basic Course can be used for both adults and youth. Consisting of two five-hour sessions, it may serve as a short-term study for small groups, Sunday school classes, and new member classes.

Instructors: Rev. Linda Campbell-Marshall and Pastor Jen Curran

This is the “new basic” course that all long-time Certified Lay Servants (many previously Lay Speakers) have been instructed to take. If you already took session one with Jen and Linda in the fall, just let them know you are available for session two on April 14. (If you’d like to attend session one on the 7th as a refresher, please know that you are welcome to do that without further cost. It would be helpful if you’d let them know if you want to attend, so they know how many to plan for. You should bring your printout of the PowerPoint presentation with you. If you are unable to locate that printout, let Jen know in advance.)

If you have not yet taken the “new basic,” here is an opportunity for you to do so. Please note that successful completion requires that you be present for both sessions. Make-up will not be an option.

For those just starting the course, to participate:

1.    Email Jen at on or before April 2 with the SUBJECT LINE: “Wayne Basic LSM Course Registration.” 

In the body of the message, give your name, address, email, phone number, and home church.


2.    Order the text Lay Servant Ministries, Basic Course, Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson - ISBN: 9780881776263. This text is available from several sources including The Upper Room Bookstore and It is required and you must obtain a copy and bring it with you to our first class. Please read Chapters 1 and 2 prior to the first session.


3.    Bring to the first session: (1) a bag lunch and (2) a check for $10 made out to New England Conference.
On the memo line write “Wayne Basic LSM Course.




Justice in Everyday Life

                Lay Servant/Lay Speaker Ministry Course

May 5 & 12, 2018

Oakland-Sidney United Methodist Church, Saturday, May 5 and Saturday, May 12
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch break)

Please bring a bag lunch, a copy of the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church 2017 – 2020, a notebook and a Bible.

Course Description:  This course looks at the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church.

Required Text Social Principles of The United Methodist Church 2017 - 2020 - • ISBN • 9781501835773 • $3.99  Available from Cokesbury. Please read the sections on the natural world, the nurturing community, the social community, and the economic community before the first session.

Note: This is not one of the courses on the Lay Speaker track, but it is applicable for certification and recertification for Lay Servants and Lay Speakers.

Instructor: Rev. Nathan Anderson

For more information, contact Rev. Anderson at or by phone at (540) 960-0099.

Course fee: $10 – If paying by check, please make it out to New England Conference UMC and on the memo line: Advanced LSM Course – Oakland-Sidney.

Please register by April 27. There is an option to pay online or you may bring your check to the first session.  If you are unable or prefer not to do the online registration, you may fill out the form below and mail it to Rev. Nathan Anderson at 20 W School St, Oakland, ME 04963.


If cost is prohibitive, check with your church –scholarships may be available.


REGISTRATION – Please complete by April 27.

Lay Servant Ministry Course, May 5 & 12 – Justice in Everyday Life

Print Clearly – Thank You


Name: ___________________________________________   Date: _______________________

Address: _______________________________________________________________________

Email: ________________________________  Phone: __________________________________

Is this your first Lay Minister or Lay Speaker Course? ___ Yes    ___ No 



Lay Speaker/Lay Servant Ministry Course:

Leading in Prayer

Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, Waterville

Saturday, April 21 and 28, 2018

9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Course Description:  Prayer is a vital part of any worship experience, and our leadership needs to be bold and grounded in our beliefs.  This class is designed to strengthen your effectiveness and build your confidence as one who leads prayer in a corporate setting. The 2-session, hands-on workshop addresses the basic and advanced forms of effective prayers, collects, litanies, laments, and prayers of confession.  We will be guided to write effective and bold prayers and hone our skills by critiquing the prayers in the workbook.  This workshop is appropriate for those who are just getting started with prayer as well as those for whom prayer is an established discipline.


Note: This is one of the core courses for those on the Lay Speaker track and is applicable for recertification for Lay Servants and Lay Speakers.  The course will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will end at 4:00 p.m.  You are welcome to arrive anytime after 9:00 a.m.  Please note that you must attend both days to receive credit. There will be no make-up classes.


A reading and homework assignment to complete ahead of time will be sent to you prior to our first meeting.

Please bring a notebook and pens, a Bible, your lunch and snacks. Coffee, tea, and water will be available.
Optional: bring a prayer that is meaningful to you. 


Also, if you have not paid online in advance, please bring a check for $10 made out to New England Conference.

On the memo line write “LSM Prayer – Waterville.”


Course Facilitator:  Susan MacKenzie, Ph.D. is a retreat leader and spiritual director in New England.  A Master Naturalist, Susan has led indoor and outdoor retreats throughout the Northeast for 20 years.  She has taught for the Academy for Spiritual Formation, lay servant ministry, and facilitates a Tending the Fire 2.0 clergy group.  Susan is part of the NEUMC Parish Consultant Network.  She leads both the Basic and Advanced Retreat Leadership Trainings in New England and the Northeast. A member of Pleasant St. UMC in Waterville, ME, she spends as much time as she can outdoors or playing early music on her recorders.


To participate, please:


1.    Email the District Director of Lay Servant Ministries at  on or before April 13 with the SUBJECT LINE: “LSM Prayer Course Registration.”  In the body of the message, give your name, address, email, phone number, and home church. If email is not an option, you may mail the information to her:

        Sally Joy, 16 Riverton Street, Augusta, ME  04330.

2.    Order the text Let the Whole Church Say Amen! by Laurence Hull Stookey (ISBN-13:9780687090778). This text is required and you must bring a copy with you.

There is an online option for payment, and you are welcome to do that; but please ALSO send your information to the District Director of Lay Servant Ministries as requested. This is essential to ensure that the instructor will be expecting you on the 21st.


Please be aware that there are some major issues with the online registration process for the upcoming Advanced Lay Servant Ministry courses.
If you thought your registration was accepted online but got a message that the PayPal part wasn’t working and you couldn’t pay online, please send an email to the appropriate individual named on the attached registration form giving: your name, address, email address, phone #, and home church. It will be helpful if you tell us that you thought you were registered already through the online process.
If you attempted to register for either course online and got a message that registration for this course is closed, please know that it is not.
An alternate registration form is attached with instructions to email or mail your wish to be included to the appropriate person for each of the courses.
Sorry this is happening. It will eventually be resolved; but we ask you bear with us and please let those named on the registration forms as the person to contact for further information know that you want to take the class or classes.
Sally Joy, District Director of Lay Servant Ministries