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Lay Servant Ministries

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Basic Classes

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.

Advanced Classes

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.

21junAll Day22Lay Servant Ministry Advanced Course, June 2019 (LSM) @San Diego

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


The Details

  • Conference Director
    Howard Fallman
    (818) 955-8164
  • Newsletter Director
    Donna Johnson
    (562) 544-9919
  • North Co-District Director
    Grace Leighton
    (818) 267-7567
  • North Co-District Director
    Garth Gilliam
    (818) 429-8843
  • South District Director
    Pam Churness
    (619) 972-7113
  • East Co-District Director
    Pat Hogan
    (951) 769-2917
  • East Co-District Director
    Susan Ross
    (626) 260-1090
  • West District Director
    Paul and Melody Ashley
    (562) 923-7407
  • Hawaii District Director
    Winifred Ching
    (808) 692-6638