Lay Servant Classes are open to anyone regardless of the district in which your church resides. The fee for all classes is $25 and includes class materials and food (Saturday’s lunch and weeknight refreshments).

FALL 2018 ⇒ Grand Haven Dunes UMC

Tuesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23 from 7-9pm

Classes Offered:

  • Basic
  • Advanced: Worship Planning/Design
  • Advanced: Storytelling (Don Williams, instructor)

2 ways to register:

Online ⇒ HERE

Paper ⇒ HERE

Lay Servant Classes are open to anyone regardless of the district in which your church resides. The fee for all classes is $25 and includes class materials and refreshments. You may pay the $25 fee at the first class on October 2, but you MUST register for your class either online or paper. Please arrive at 6:30pm on October 2 for orientation. Registration deadline is September 15. Questions? Please contact Jody Pratt prattgji09@gmail.com, 616.292.4908. Registration process questions? Please contact Liz at lbode@michiganumc.org, 616.459.4503 ext. 1211.

Winter 2019 ⇒ Cedar Springs UMC

Saturday’s, January 12, 26 (Feb. 2 alternate date) 9am-3pm

Lunch is included in the fee.

Classes Offered:

  • Basic
  • Advanced: Personal Prayer (Sarah Zachow, instructor)
  • Advanced: Polity
  • Advanced: Come to the Table (Keith Caldwell using BeADisciple materials)

Spring 2019 ⇒ Conference-wide Retreat

Dates TBD
Location TBD

Classes Offered:

  • Basic
  • Advanced: Spiritual Gifts
  • Advanced: TBD

Useful Links

Click here to read the 2016 General Conference Guidelines for Lay Servant-Lay Speaking Ministries
Click here for the Lay Servant Ministries Brochure
Click here for General Board of Discipleship ministry of the laity website
Click here for the Discipleship Ministries Lay Servant Course Catalog
Click here to read the Lay Servant Ministries (formerly Lay Speaking) name change explanation
Click here for the BeADisciple Course Catalog
Click here to learn more about the BeADisciple Lay Servant Ministries online courses   

Certified Lay Servant, Lay Speaker, Certified Lay Minister Reports

Certified Lay Servant Annual Report (use this report if you have completed Basic and/or Advanced Lay Servant coursework)
Lay Speaker Annual Report (use this report if you have interviewed with, and were approved by, your district Lay Servant Committee)
Certified Lay Minister Annual Report

Forms can also be found here: http://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/lay-servant-ministries-forms

Certified Lay Servant Process

Certified Lay Servant Overview

Certified Lay Speaker Process

Certified Lay Speaker Overview

Certified Lay Minister Process

Certified Lay Minister Overview