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 Ministry Basic Course
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. It explores personal spiritual gifts, servant leadership, each leader's role in developing future leaders, the importance of consistent spiritual practices, the core ministries of Leading, Caring, and Communicating, and much more.
Instructor: Pastor Elizabeth Bailey-Mitchell
Dates: Three Fridays, January 4, 11, 18, 2019
Time: 5:30pm – 9:00pm w/potluck soup & bread supper
Where: People’s UMC, 21 Depot St, Union, ME (behind the Post Office, on Rt 235)
Assignment for first class is reading Chapters 1 & 2 and the Biblical reflections. At our second session, we will work with chapters 3 & 4, and for the final class, Chapter 5 and closing worship. Attendance at all three classes is necessary to receive a completion certificate.
Required texts: Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course Participant’s Guide (ISBN 97808817762) available from The Upper Room Bookstore. Or Cokesbury. Available in print or Kindle format. Participant is responsible for purchasing text. Check w/your church for possible scholarships.
Course fee: $10. If paying by check, please make it out to New England Conference UMC and on the memo line write: LSM Course – Basic. If cost is prohibitive, check with your church – some churches and Districts have scholarships available.
Registration deadline: December 7, 2018
Mail to: Mid-Maine District, PO Box 89, East Winthrop, ME 04343
Lay Servant Ministry Basic Course January 4, 11, 18, 2019 at People’s UMC, Union, ME
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: ___________________________________________________