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. 

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

2018 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. 

No Basic courses are scheduled at this time.*

Advanced Lay Servant Ministries Courses:

The Lay Servant course, Lay Servants Preach, will be offered beginning on Saturday, March 17, at the Poultney UMC, facilitated by Marie MacDougall. The gathering will start at 8:00 a.m. with coffee, snacks, and check in, and the course will start at 8:30 a.m. (two sessions with a 15-minute break between). Dates for future gatherings will be set at the first meeting, so bring your calendar.

Books: "From Pew to Pulpit," by Clifton F. Guthrie; (Participant's Guide) "From Your Heart to Theirs - Delivering an Effective Sermon," by Tony Franks and David Carroll.

Rev. David Adams has books available now, cost $17. Make check payable to "Poultney UMC." It will be expected that some portion of the books have been read and prepared ahead of the first class gathering. Specific instructions will be provided after registration and purchase of books.

Participants will need to complete a Request and Recommendation form (see link above) and submit it with a $20 check payable to "NELSM" to Dawn Hill-Fleury, 9 Saybrook RD, Essex JCT VT 05452.

The group may be limited to 12 - first come, first in…

Contact: Rev. David Adams, 802-287-4406,

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

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