Lay Servant Ministry

The 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church adopted resolutions that changed the name of Lay Speaking Ministries to Lay Servant Ministries. Lay Servant Ministry is our United Methodist system for lay leadership development and includes lay speaking as one of the certifications. The basic and advanced courses are designed to help develop skills in witnessing to the Christian faith through spoken communication, church and community leadership, and care-giving ministries. Specific coursework is required to become a lay speaker, if desired.


All Local and Certified Lay Servants/Speakers must be approved at their church’s annual charge conference.  They also must complete a Lay Speaker Annual Report for inclusion with the annual charge conference paperwork. See the attachment below for a detailed explanation on the requirements to become a Local Church Lay Servant, Certified Lay Servant, or Lay Speaker.

Are you ready to answer God’s calling for you as a lay servant leader? Look in the West Ohio Conference’s recent EQUIP resource catalog for upcoming courses!  You can take courses offered in any District.  You may also take courses online here.   

Registration is open for Spring Courses in the Columbus area:

Spiritual Gifts – April 26 and 27 – Church of the Master, Westerville
The early church knew what today’s church is rediscovering: that Christians depend on God’s spiritual gifts to provide the foundation for their ministry.  We will look at ways in which God's gifts are practical as well as spiritual.  Learn more about how your spiritual gifts support your lay servant ministries. This course is one of the required courses for Lay Speakers.

Leading Prayer – April 26 and 27 – Church of the Master, Westerville
For many people, prayer remains a mystery, and praying in public is a test of faith left to the “professionals” of the church. This course on praying in public will help the participant grow in confidence and skill in prayer, both public and personal.  This class is an advanced lay servant ministry course and will be led by Rev. Matt Van Winkle and Rev. Dr. Kevin Orr.