Introduction to Lay Ministry: The BASIC Course
This course is foundational for all courses in lay servant ministries. Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship.
Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition
Structured around Wesley’s "means of grace," this study covers, among other topics, prayer, Scripture, the Lord’s Supper, and fasting – major features in John Wesley’s devotional life. Participants will learn how they can apply Wesley’s ministry to their own life.
Lay Servants as Christian Transformational Leaders
This course will guide lay servants seeking to be more empowered to lead their congregations toward vitality.
Winter Lay Servant Ministry Academy
The winter Lay Servant Ministry Academy take place at the Westford UMC, 10 Church St., Westford, MA.
You must attend both days to receive credit.
Please send the registration form (click link to download) by Jan. 13, 2020 to:
72 E. Central St., #402
Franklin, MA 02038
If you are waiting for signatures, you can email your intention to participate to firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 13.
Rhode Island / Southeastern Massachusetts District
District Director of Lay Servant Ministries
Ruth Koha James
Please use the following resources for more information on Lay Ministries.
NEUMC Lay Servants & Speakers An explanation of Lay Servant Ministries and the requirements for basic and certified servants.
Beadisciple.com A source for online courses, including those required for Lay Speaker status
Important Reminder: A refresher course is required every three years to remain a Local Church Lay Servant. To become a Certified Lay Servant and serve outside your local congregation, you must take one advanced course and continue by taking at least one advanced course every three years. All Local Church and Certified Lay Servants must submit an annual report of activities to their respective charge conference.