What is a Lay Servant?
In 2012 the General Conference of the United Methodist Church approved legislation to change the name of Lay Speaking Ministries to Lay Servant Ministries. The term servant was chosen because it best describes what Jesus told his disciples in John 13 after he had performed the duties of the lowliest servant. We are called to live out our discipleship as servants in leadership.
A LAY SERVANT serves in ministry to the church and congregation.
A local lay servant may occasionally serve in the pulpit at their pastor's request.
In addition to serving occasionally in the pulpit at their pastor's request, a certified lay servant may also occasionally serve in another pulpit in their district at that pastor's or the District Superintendent's request.
A certified lay speaker is a certified lay servant who has completed classes in Preaching, Prayer, Worship, Spiritual Gifts, and United Methodist History and Polity.