Lay Servant Ministries

Equipping United Methodists for all facets of lay ministry

"To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." Ephesians 4:12

Leading, Caring, Communicating: Lay Servant Ministries offer opportunities for laity who desire to use their witness, leadership, and service to inspire others to a deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship. This may include the interpretation of the Scriptures, doctrine, organization, and ministries of the church. [See Paragraph 266-269 of the Book of Discipline, 2012]

In past years, the primary task of lay servants was pulpit supply, however now Lay Servant Ministries encompasses much more. To participate in Lay Servant Ministries, a person need not commit to preaching. Lay servant training areas include evangelism, stewardship, devotional life, missions, caring ministries, Christian education, Christian leadership, administration, United Methodist heritage, as well as preaching and worship planning.

Role of Lay Speaker in the Missouri Conference (See para 266.6 Book of Discipline, 2012). The 2012 BOD has provisions for a new role for those additional equipped and examined, i.e. Role of Lay Speaker, who are especially ready to serve in the function of pulpit supply. The Missouri Conference will be establishing the process for recognizing those persons during the coming year. In the meantime, all lay servants so desiring may be called by pastors to fulfill pulpit supply responsibilities. If you desire to provide pulpit supply, make it known to your pastor and to your district director and so indicate your willingness on your Annual Report form.

Lay Servant Contacts

If you have questions about lay servant, contact your pastor or your District Director of lay speaking. Courses Approved by GBOD for Advanced Courses

Please see for approved courses including Multimedia Technology, Growing Spiritually Through Daily Discipline, Leading Worship, Biblical Storytelling, and more. The courses are well done they take significant effort to complete. And check with your district director. Online courses may not be approved for certification for two consecutive three-year periods.

Lay Servant Ministry Resources

Click here for GBOD Resources

Conference Calendar

Check the Conference Calendar for Lay Servant Ministry events.

Lay Servant's Annual Report

Click the links below to view the Lay Speaker's Annual Report  form for the report of the lay speaker to charge conference.

Certified Lay Ministry Training

Please visit the Center for Pastoral Excellence to learn about upcoming events. You can also download the brochure and register for each class online.