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 (https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/lay-servant-ministries-forms) 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: https://www.neumc.org/layservantministriesrequirements 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).
Lay Servant/Lay Speaker Ministry Advanced Elective Course
Anatomy of Peace Using this book recommended by the Way Forward Commission, Council of Bishops, and NEUMC Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, students will read 8 (short) chapters in preparation for each week’s class session. Class time will cover discussion of the reading with biblical narratives introduced as case studies and will plan applications for their experience as church and community leaders. Open to all, this course qualifies as an advanced LSM elective for Certified Lay Servants.
Instructor: Rev. Dr. Karen Munson, MidMaine District Superintendent
Dates: Five Tuesdays: August 21 and 29; September 4, 11 and 18.
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Location: Readfield UMC.
Text: “The Anatomy of Peace:Resolving the Heart of Conflict” The Arbinger Institute.
Berrett-Koeler Publishers, Inc, 2015 2nd edition.
Assignment for first class will be sent after registration. Please register by August 14th
Course fee: $10. If paying by check, please make it out to New England Conference UMC and on the memo line write: LSM Course – Anatomy of Peace. If cost is prohibitive, check with your church – some churches and Districts have scholarships available.
Lay Servant/Lay Speaker Ministry Core Course
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: Three Sundays: August 26, September 2 and 9
Time: 1:00 – 4:30pm
Where: Choir Room, UMC of Auburn
Special Guest: September 9, Rev. Scott Campbell, one of New England’s delegates to the February 2019 General Conference will join us.
Assignment for first class will be sent after registration. Please register by August 19th
1) “The Method of Our Mission” by Laceye C. Warner
2) 2016 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church
Course fee: $10. If paying by check, please make it out to New England Conference UMC and on the memo line write: LSM Course – UMC Polity. If cost is prohibitive, check with your church – some churches and Districts have scholarships available.