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WHAT IS LAY SERVANT MINISTRIES?
It's an opportunity for disciples of Jesus Christ to be trained and equipped to discern and live out their call to ministry. Believing each disciple is "gifted" by the Holy Spirit with one or more gifts for service in the household of God; Lay Servant ministries strives to help persons claim their particular gift or gifts through educational events. The district and conference Academies are excellent vehicles for individuals to enhance and develop their skill level necessary for servant ministry in the church and the world.
TO MAINTAIN YOUR STATUS:
As a local church lay servant and a certified lay servant, along with other requirements you need to take a LSM course every 3 years. To become a Lay "Speaker" you need to be a certified Lay Servant; pastor and charge conference approval; complete required courses for lay speaker; file annual report; every 3 years complete 1 advance course and interview with and present a test sermon to the District Committee on LSM. (para. 266, 267 & 268 of The Book of Discipline 2016).
Lay Servant Ministry Requirements doc.
List of required courses for Lay Speaker track doc.
IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN YOUR STATUS AS A LAY SERVANT YOU ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE AN ADVANCE COURSE EVERY 3 YEARS. If you're not sure when you took your last course.