Lay Servant Ministries

What is Lay Servant Ministries?

Lay Servant Ministries is about equipping and empowering people as disciples "to witness to the Christian faith through spoken communication, to lead within a church and community, and to provide caring ministry."

(BOD para 266)

Through our baptism, we are all called to ministry. I Corinthians 12 describes the church as the Body of Christ and teaches us that each one of us is vital to the health and functioning of the body. Therefore, the church needs us all to be disciples of Christ and offer our gifts to make disciples for the transformation of the world.

The United Methodist Church established Lay Servant Ministries to offer opportunities for training and certification to acknowledge and equip the laity for their essential roles in ministry.


Click Here for the 2023 Course Schedule

What classes do I need to take for:

Lay Servant

Lay Speaker

Lay Minister

You do not need to be pursuing certification to take these classes. However, we advise that you let your pastor know and record the courses you've taken if you wish to pursue certification later.

Dr. Mary Cheng
Director of Leadership Development
(916) 374-1527

Amanda Garcia
Leadership and Congregational Development
(916) 374-1526