Lay Servants - RISEM


RISEM District Lay Servant Ministries

Winter 2020 Courses

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.

Sessions are:

  • 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 25, 2020
  • 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 8, 2020
    •  Invite your pastor, family and friends to the closing worship at 3 p.m.

You must attend both days to receive credit.

Please send the registration form (click link to download) by Jan. 13, 2020 to:

Beth Ferguson

72 E. Central St., #402

Franklin, MA 02038

If you are waiting for signatures, you can email your intention to participate to 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.

2018 Lay Servant Ministries Resource Catalog

2017 Lay Ministry Equipping Resources Catalog

Certified Lay Servant Annual Report

Certified Lay Speaker Annual Report

Differences and requirements for certification of Lay Servants, Lay Speakers, & Lay Ministers 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.