What is a Lay Servant?
At the 2012 General Conference, Lay Speaking was changed to Lay Servant since responsibilities extend beyond speaking.
Becoming a certified lay servant in The United Methodist Church prepares a person for ministry in whatever area they choose. Lay Servant Ministries involves Leading, Caring, and Communicating. A certified lay servant may choose to lead a Bible study, start a prayer ministry, teach Sunday school, participate in a prison ministry or visit the elderly and shut-ins and the nursing home. The sky is the limit for ways and opportunities to minister.
The Basic Course is offered for those just beginning in the Lay Servant Ministries. After the Basic Course, you must complete an Advanced Course to become a Certified Lay Servant. Certified Lay Servants must complete an Advanced Course every three years in order to remain certified.
Learn more about Lay Servant Ministries from the South Carolina United Methodist Conference website.