District Director of Lay Servant Ministries
Sally Joy, Director
Lay Servant Minister Basic Course, November 4 & 18, 2017
Wayne Community Church, Saturday, November 4 and Saturday, November 18,
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
Required 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 cokesbury.com. 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.
Course fee: $10 To register and for more information, contact Jen Curran, firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-458-4404. Please register by November 3. Note that our preference is that you register online. There will be an option to pay online or you may bring a check to the first session. If you are unable to do the online registration, you may fill out the form below and mail it to Wayne Community Church-United Methodist , PO Box 300, Wayne, ME 04284.
If paying by check, please make it out to New England Conference UMC and on the memo line write: Basic LSM Course – Wayne. If cost is prohibitive, check with your church – some churches and Districts have scholarships available.
REGISTRATION FORM – Please complete by November 3
Lay Servant Ministry Basic Course, Nov 4 & 18, 2017
Print Clearly – Thank You
Name: ___________________________________________ Date: _______________________
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: ___________________________________________________(continue on back if necessary)
Many of us are working to regain the Lay Speaker designation, but not all courses on the Lay Speaker track have yet been available. Nor are all advanced courses, although applicable for certification or recertification purposes, on the Lay Speaker track. As the time for local church conferences draws near, we ask that all those seeking certification or recertification use the form designed specifically for Certified Lay Servant.
We really need people (pastors and/or Certified Lay Servants) to volunteer to lead courses. Please contact me at email@example.com for more information or to offer to help.
For a list of courses, please click on 2017 Lay Servant Ministries Equipping Resources Catalog. Note that some courses are available online. For the 2017 Lay Servant Ministry Brochure click here.
As many of you know, General Conference made a few more changes to the program this year. The most significant of these is that they have done away with the Local Lay Servant category. Taking the basic course still prepares a person to serve in the same ways as before in their local church and is still the first step in the Lay Servant Ministry program.
Those who were Local Lay Servants will no longer be asked to prepare a report for their local church conference until they have taken an advanced course and are looking to be recognized as a Certified Lay Servant. The Conference expects this to happen within three years of the time the basic course was taken. Otherwise a refresher basic may be required.
It is my understanding that anyone who has taken the basic course for the first time during the past year should submit a Local Lay Servant form so that we will have a record of when you took the course. We know that this is confusing, but ask your patience as we try to work through the recent changes.
Blessings to you all,
District Chair of Lay Servant Ministries