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Lay Servant Ministries


Heartland District Lay Servant Classes Spring 2017
April 22 & May 6

Heartland District Lay Servant Classes for spring 2017 will take place April 22 & May 6 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm each day at Stanwood Northland UMC (6842 Northland Dr., Stanwood, MI). Participants must attend both Saturday classes in order to earn credit for the class. The following courses will be offered.

Due to low registrations in the Basic Course the last few rounds of classes, the Heartland Lay Servant Committee has decided to not offer it this time.  However, please do not let that stop you from registering for an advanced class you are interested in taking!  We will be offering the Basic Course again in the fall, so you can always take it later if you like.

Cost is $10 per class (not including text book(s) and lunches). Deadline to register is April 16. If a class does not have at least 5 participants registered by the deadline, it will be canceled.

Click here for a printable brochure with all the details including text book ordering information.

Click here to register.

Contact heartland@michiganumc.org or 989-773-5140 if you have any questions.



Program Changes to Lay Servant Ministries
Effective 2013

At the 2012 General Conference of the United Methodist Church, title changes and program requirements were voted to change.  To help make these changes easier to understand, check out the documents below that explain the new titles in Lay Servant Ministries as well as what needs to happen each year to maintain an active status.  Please share these with your congregations! 

The most notable change for the Local Lay Servant is the need to begin taking another Lay Servant class (a “refresher”) every 3 years in order to stay on the “Active” list—same as the Certified Lay Servants do now. 

The process for the Certified Lay Servant has not been altered. 

The biggest change is the addition of the “Lay Speaker” position.  The position of Lay Speaker will eventually be a smaller list of people who complete the process to be on an “official” District list of people recommended for pulpit supply.  Since these changes are so new, we have not yet had the chance to provide all the training and interviews necessary for anyone to be deemed a Lay Speaker.  We hope in the next year or two to be able offer all the necessary classes and interviews for this process so the District will have a solid list of people churches can count on to do a great job of filling the pulpit if you ever need it.   Until then the only list the District has to offer upon request is that of current active “Certified Lay Servants” (those who have completed the Basic course + at least 1 Advanced course).

All 3 positions (Local Lay Servant, Certified Lay Servant, and Lay Speaker) will use the same Annual Report form.  This form has changed from previous years, and appears to be more thorough.  People MUST use this new form starting this fall.  Old forms will not be accepted.  Please fill out the form completely.