Lay Servants - VMT


Vermont District

Director of Lay Servant Ministries:
Ms. Dawn Hill-Fleury



Current Courses      Request & Recommendation Form      Course Catalog

Request and Recommendation Form

To register for a course, please submit a completed and signed Request and Recommendation Form. The mailing address and costs for each course are included in the class announcements.

Click here for the Form. Return forms to the Vermont District Director, Dawn Hill-Fleury, 9 Saybrook RD, Essex JCT VT 05452. 

2017 Changes in Lay Servant Ministries

The 2016 General Conference approved significant changes to Lay Servant Ministries that amended ¶’s 266 - 271 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. Review the links below for an overview of the changes, summary, and copies of the 2016 BOD paragraphs. These changes took effect on January 1, 2017.

Lay Servant Ministries Program Changes

Lay Servant Ministries Program Summary

Lay Servant Ministries Program - 2016 BOD ¶’s 266 - 268

2017 Lay Servant Ministries Courses

Basic Lay Servant Ministries 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."

The BASIC course is an introductory course designed to equip new leaders and renew current leaders. This course covers the three main categories of Lay Servant Ministries: Leading, Caring, and Communicating. Its purpose is to equip us to be better church leaders - it is not a preaching course.

This is a refresher course for lay servants and a first course for anyone interested in becoming a Certified Lay Servant.

Basic Course Offering

The Basic Course will be offered at the Shaftsbury UMC on Saturdays, November 4, 11, 18, and 25, from 9:00 AM - Noon. Rev. Steve Dale will facilitate the course. Participants should take steps to get their own books* (Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course Participant's Book). Reach out to Steve at or at (802) 440-0217 with questions. Please complete the Request and Recommendation Form and return to Dawn Hill-Fleury (see above).

The Basic course is a church leadership course not a preaching course: all church members are urged to take this course!

Advanced Lay Servant Ministries Courses:

Go Preach! Pastor Kerry Cameron will facilitate the "Go Preach!" course on Sundays, November 19 & 26 and December 3 & 10 from 1:00 - 3:30PM at the Methodist Community Center in Highgate, Vermont.

Please complete the Request and Recommendation Form and return it to Dawn Hill-Fleury, 9 Saybrook RD, Essex JCT VT 0545 along with a check payable to “NECLSM” for the $20 registration fee.

Participants should order their own books from Cokesbury or Upper Room*. (Go Preach!, John Gilbert, DR384, 978-0-88177-384-2 $14).

*Upper Room:, 800.972.0433; Cokesbury: 

To get credit as a Certified Lay Servant you must have completed the Basic course.

*Contact Dawn Hill-Fleury (see above) if you would like a course offered in your geographic area.

On-line courses are available offers several on-line courses each year that have been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as advanced courses in Lay Servant Ministries. Go to and be sure to scroll down to view them all. Approval from the District Director is required for these courses. (see above) 

Lay Speaking/Servant Ministries Catalog

Click here to access the Lay Servant Ministries Equipping Resources catalog which provides details about different categories of Lay Servants as well as the courses that are available.  

Annual Report

Lay Speakers must complete an annual report. Click here for a form that you can download and complete on your computer.

Lay Speaking/Servant Ministries

Discipleship Ministries Lay Servant Ministries web pages

New Name and important changes for the new role of Lay Speaker

Lay Speaking Ministries are now Lay Servant Ministries! General Conference 2012 agreed to a name change from Lay Speaking Ministries to Lay SERVANT Ministries. During the legislative process a section was added to maintain the role of LAY SPEAKER AS PULPIT SUPPLY and set requirements for persons desiring to fill that role. Click here to read the more about the changes made in 2012 (additional changes were made at General Conference 2016).

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