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  1. Lay Servant Ministries

  2. Welcome

  3. 2012 General Conference of the UMC • “Lay Speaking Ministries” became “Lay Servant Ministries”

  4. Lay Servant Ministries • Remain the same in the program • Local Church Lay Servant • Certified Lay Servant • Added to the program • Lay Speaker • Additional equipping within the program • Certified Lay Minister

  5. “Servant” After washing their feet, Jesus put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth; slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them. John 13:12-17 NLT

  6. The 2012 Book of Discipline

  7. The Way Forward

  8. Local Church Lay Servant

  9. Local Church Lay Servant • Are active, supporting, and professing members of a local church or charge • Desire to serve the local church • Are informed on scripture, doctrine, heritage, and the organization of The United Methodist Church

  10. Local Church Lay Servant • Receive training to develop skills in witnessing to the Christian faith • Serve using their spiritual gifts • Inspire others to a deeper commitment to Christ • Promote effective discipleship

  11. Requirements: Local Church Lay Servant • Submit application in writing • Be recommended by pastor, church council or charge conference • Complete the Basic Course in Lay Servant Ministries

  12. Requirements: Local Church Lay Servant • Interview annually with pastor • Submit an annual report

  13. Renewal: Local Church Lay Servant • Complete a Refresher Course once every three years

  14. Lay Servant Ministries Courses • Basic Course • Discover personal spiritual gifts • Understand importance of servant leadership • Learn how to develop future leaders • Remain rooted in spiritual practices • Hold members accountable in discipleship

  15. Lay Servant Ministries Courses • Refresher Courses United Methodist 101 Concepts in Leadership I Concepts in Leadership II Opening Ourselves to Grace Pentecost Journey

  16. Local Church Lay Servant • Annual Report • www.westohioumc.org/layservant • File three copies • Local Church Lay Servant • District Committee of Lay Servant Ministries • District Superintendent

  17. Local Church Lay Servant • Annual Report includes: • Status • Request • Recommendation of Pastor • Recommendation of Charge Conference • Ministries of Lay Servant • Personal and spiritual growth • Feedback

  18. Certified Lay Servant

  19. Certified Lay Servant • Are active, supporting, and professing members of a local church/charge • Local Church Lay Servant who completes one Advanced Course in Lay Servant Ministries • Serves the local church

  20. Certified Lay Servant • Uses gifts for witness and leadership • Inspires laity to a deeper commitment to Christ • Interprets Scriptures, doctrine, organization and ministries of the local church

  21. Requirements: Certified Lay Servant • Submit application in writing • Be recommended by pastor, church council or charge conference • Complete the Basic Course in Servant Ministries and one Advanced Course in Lay Servant Ministries

  22. Requirements: Certified Lay Servant • Request review of qualifications by the District Committee on Lay Servant Ministries and charge conference • Submit annual report

  23. Renewal: Certified Lay Servant • Request renewal of certification with the District Committee on Lay Servant Ministries • Interview with pastor (annually) • Complete an Advanced Course every three years

  24. Lay Servant Ministries Courses • Advanced Courses: • Discover Your Spiritual Gifts • Rediscovery of Our Spiritual Gifts • Living Our United Methodist Beliefs • Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition

  25. Lay Servant Ministries Courses • Advanced Courses Continued: • Growing Spiritually Through Daily Disciplines • Transforming Evangelism • Life together in The United Methodist Church • Accountable Discipleship

  26. Lay Servant Ministries Courses • Advanced Courses Continued: • Class Leaders • Your Ministry of Leading Worship 101 • Leading Worship • Planning Worship • Come to the Table

  27. Lay Servant Ministries Courses • Advanced Courses Continued: • Multimedia Technology in Worship for the Church Volunteer 101 • Leading Public Prayer • Lead in Prayer • You Can Preach!

  28. Certified Lay Servant • Advanced Courses Continued: • From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon • Dancing with Words • Biblical Storytelling I and II • Come to the Waters • Lay Pastoral Care Giving

  29. Lay Servant Ministries Courses • Advanced Courses Continued: • Aging and Ministry in the 21st Century • Afire with God • Start Here

  30. Lay Servant Ministries Courses • Alternative Advanced Courses Courses may be used for recertification once every six years. • Lay Witness Mission • Understanding Men’s Ministry • The Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation • SOULfeast • Aldersgate Renewal Ministries

  31. Lay Servant Ministries Courses • West Ohio Conference Approved Advanced Courses These courses are approved as Advanced Courses. Discipleship Bible Study Mission U/School of Christian Mission

  32. Lay Speaker • Annual Report • www.westohioumc.org/layservant • File three copies • Lay Speaker • District Committee of Lay Servant Ministries • District Superintendent

  33. Lay Speaker • Annual Report includes: • Status • Request • Recommendation of Pastor • Recommendation of Charge Conference • Ministries of Lay Servant • Personal and spiritual growth • Feedback

  34. Certified Lay Servant • Annual Report includes: • Status • Request • Recommendation of Pastor • Recommendation of Charge Conference • Ministries of Lay Servant • Personal and spiritual growth • Feedback

  35. Certified Lay Servant • Annual Report includes: • Status • Request • Recommendation of Pastor • Recommendation of Charge Conference • Ministries of Lay Servant • Personal and spiritual growth • Feedback

  36. Certified Lay Servant • Annual Report • www.westohioumc.org/layservant • File three copies • Certified Lay Servant • District Committee of Lay Servant Ministries • District Superintendent

  37. Certified Lay Servant • Annual Report includes: • Status • Request • Recommendation of Pastor • Recommendation of Charge Conference • Ministries of Lay Servant • Personal and spiritual growth • Feedback

  38. Lay Speaker

  39. Lay Speaker • Created in 2012 session of General Conference to foster excellence, insure quality, provide accountability, and retain the heritage of those called to pulpit supply

  40. Lay Speaker • Are active, supporting, and professing members of a local church/charge • Serves the local church • A Certified Lay Servant who completes the required Courses of Study to further develop leadership and preaching skills

  41. Requirements: Lay Speaker • Submit application in writing • Obtain recommendation from pastor and charge conference • Complete the Basic Course for Lay Servant Ministries

  42. Requirements: Lay Speaker • Complete the required Courses of Study • Interview with the District Committee on Lay Servant Ministries

  43. Requirements: Lay Speaker • Submit West Ohio Conference Interview Form and Action Report of recommendation for certification along with a copy of Lay Speaker’s file to the West Ohio Conference Committee on Lay Servant Ministries for review and final approval

  44. Requirements: Lay Speaker • File an annual report

  45. Renewal: Lay Speaker • Renew certification every three years • Submit renewal application in writing to District Committee on Lay Servant Ministries • Obtain recommendation from pastor and charge conference

  46. Renewal: Lay Speaker • Interview with the District Committee on Lay Servant Ministries

  47. Renewal: Lay Speaker • Submit West Ohio Conference Interview Form and Action Report of recommendation for renewal along with a copy of Lay Speaker’s file to the West Ohio Conference Committee on Lay Servant Ministries for review and final recertification approval

  48. Transition: Lay Speaker Completion time frame of former “Certified Lay Speakers” • No time frame indicated in the 2014 Book of Discipline • Conference determines Therefore, all current Certified Lay Servants, who were formerly Certified Lay Speakers, must complete the required course of study by December 31, 2015 to remain credentialed as a “Lay Speaker” within the West Ohio Conference.

  49. Lay Servant Ministries Courses of Study Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts Leading Worship Leading Prayer Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM Heritage) Life Together in The United Methodist Connection (UM Polity) Go Preach

  50. Lay Servant Ministries Courses of Study All required courses, with the exception of Go Preach, are available online at www.beadisciple.com