The Basic Class is an in-person class and must be completed by everyone pursuing Lay Servant Ministries.
One can attend the in-person classes in any location.
Refer to the requirements on the brochure for each type of ministry before signing up for a class.
Classes are offered in-person and online. One can attend the in-person classes in any location. They are broken out by area below for ease of locating classes nearest you.
- Advanced Classes Online (beadisciple.org)
Guide to Lay Servant Ministries
The United Methodist Church has established three categories for laypersons in the area of lay servant ministries to develop, prepare, and engage principled Christian leaders for the mission of making disciples for the transformation of the world.
Certified Lay Servant
A Certified Lay Servant serves the local church or charge (and/or beyond) in many ways as listed in the brochure.
Certified Lay Servants may further develop their skills further on the tracks of “Certified Lay Speaker” and “Certified Lay Minister.”
Certified Lay Speaker
A Certified Lay Speaker serves by preaching the Word when requested by the pastor, district superintendent, or committee.
Certified Lay Minister
A Certified Lay Minister serves as part of a ministry team with the supervision and support of a clergyperson.
Download this brochure via the button below to learn more about these tracks and becoming certified Servant, Speaker or Minister
- Howard Fallman, Conference Director, Lay Servant Ministries
firstname.lastname@example.org | 818.955.8164
- Donna Johnson, Newsletter Director, Lay Servant Ministries
email@example.com | 562.544.9919
- Grace Leighton, North District Co-Director, Lay Servant Ministries
firstname.lastname@example.org | 818.267.7567
- Garth Gilliam, North District Co-Director, Lay Servant Ministries
email@example.com | 818.429.8843
- Pam Churness, South District Director, Lay Servant Ministries
firstname.lastname@example.org | 619.972.7113
- Pat Hogan, East District Co-Director, Lay Servant Ministries
email@example.com | 951.769.2917
- Susan Ross, East District Co-Director, Lay Servant Ministries
firstname.lastname@example.org | 626.260.1090
- Paul and Melody Ashley, West District Directors, Lay Servant Ministries
email@example.com | 562.923.7407
- Winifred Ching, Hawaii District Director, Lay Servant Ministries
firstname.lastname@example.org | 808.692.6638