Lay Servant Ministries & Lay Speaking
Harbor District Lay Servant Ministries Co-Director:
Patrick Litzinger, firstname.lastname@example.org
Harbor District Lay Servant Ministries Co-Director & Lay Speaker Coordinator:
Eston Brinkley, email@example.com
Courses Offered in Harbor District in 2013
Mar 16 - Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course
July 20 – Discovering Spiritual Gifts (Advanced Course)
Aug 24 - Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course
Sep 14 - United Methodist Heritage (Advanced Course)
Oct 12 - Discovering Spiritual Gifts (Advanced Course)
Nov 2 & 16 – Lay Pastoral Care Giving (Advanced Course)
There will be no courses offered in Harbor District in December 2013.
Training Schedule For 2014
Lay Servant Ministries Training
Our district has begun working on the schedule of LSM courses that we will be offering in 2014. Below is a description of the two courses we’ve just scheduled. We will also likely offer two LSM Basic Courses in 2014 with the first being sometime in May. There will soon be a link available so that you can register and pay online for one or both of the courses below. Check back on this page. We will post the link as soon as it is ready.
(Feb 22, 2014 @ Hallsboro UMC in Hallsboro, NC)
This course is based on the book “Let the Whole Church Say Amen! (A Guide for Those Who Pray in Public)” It is designed to equip laity to lead public prayer and reduce the anxiety and discomfort sometimes associated with this. It will serve as a practical guide to the art of praying in public. Attendees will gain significant experience in crafting prayers to which the whole congregation can respond with an enthusiastic “Amen”. This Lay Servant Ministries Advanced Course is one that’s required for Lay Speaker certification. One does not have to take the Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course before taking this course. The tuition fee for this course is $25 which includes course book mentioned above as well as lunch and snacks. Course will begin at 8:30am.
- Reflections on the nature of prayer
- Utilizing the image of a flow of energy
- The forms, mechanics, and vocabularies of prayer
- Concrete exercises in editing prayers
(Apr 12, 2014 @ Wesley Chapel UMC in Kenansville, NC)
This course is based on the book “Worshiping with United Methodists Revised Edition (A Guide for Pastors and Church Leaders)” by Hoyt Hickman and is designed to equip leaders with knowledge of the basics of United Methodist worship. It explains the basic pattern of United Methodist worship within the broader context of Christian worship. Drawing upon five basic principles: God’s Word is primary; active congregational participation is crucial; spontaneity and order are both important; worship should be relevant and inclusive; and worship is communion. This Lay Servant Ministries Advanced Course is one that’s required for Lay Speaker certification. One does not have to take the Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course before taking this course. The tuition fee for this course is $25 which includes course book mentioned above as well as lunch and snacks. Course will begin at 8:30am.
- Basic resources for planning and leading worship
- Basic pattern of UM worship and its origins
- Practical suggestions how to renew and revitalize worship
- How to be effective in planning and revitalizing worship
- How to understand and communicate the uniqueness of UM worship.
- How to lead congregations into a deeper and richer experience of God through worship
LSM Courses available ONLINE
The courses below can be taken online through BeADisciple.com and count for Lay Servant Ministries Advanced course credit. Click on the link below for more information and to register: http://beadisciple.com/layservantministries.html
1. Life Together in the United Methodist Connection — Jan 13 to Feb 1, 2014
(Note: This is the “Polity” course required for Lay Speaker certification)
2. Living Our United Methodist Beliefs — Jan 13 to Feb 1, 2014
3. Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts — Jan 13-26, 2014
Change from Lay Speaking To Lay Servant
The 2012 general Conference of the United Methodist Church approved legislation to change the name of Lay Speaking Ministries to Lay Servant Ministries. Please see 2012 Book of Discipline, para 266 for full details.
Why the change?
The main reasons for this change are:
- It is thought that a significant amount of laity were dissuaded from participating in the Lay Speaking Ministries program because the name implied that the program was primarily for those interested in preaching. The new term, Lay Servant Ministries, is meant to be more inclusive and support/encourage the leadership development of all laity, not just those interested in preaching.
- Secondly, the Lay Servant Ministries program (through it’s “preaching track” coursework) provides an opportunity for those laity who have a passion for preaching to pursue an expanded and more thorough training and certification process in order to take their preaching and leadership skills to a higher level. Those who pursue the Lay Servant Ministries “preaching track” can become “Certified Lay Speakers” once the required coursework and approvals are met.
Why the name was the name “Lay Servant” chosen?
The term servant was chosen because it best describes what Jesus told his disciples in John 13 after he himself had performed the duties of the lowliest servant.
“After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done for you? You call me Teacher and Lord – and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also do as I have done to you. Very truly I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.” – John 13: 12-17
Other important points:
Under the Lay Servant Ministries program,the Certified Lay Speaker must complete more courses and approvals than were required under the former Lay Speaking Ministries program – so people who were considered “Certified Lay Speakers” under the former Lay Speaking Ministries program will not immediately quality as “Certified Lay Speakers” under the new Lay Servant Ministries program.
It’s also important to note that both “Local Church Lay Servants” and “Certified Lay Servants” can also preach and serve in a pulpit supply capacity. The idea is that a “Certified Lay Speaker” will have the highest level of training and therefore be theoretically best equipped to serve in pulpit supply situations. That is not to say that “Local Church Lay Servants” and “Certified Lay Servants” will not also be utilized for pulpit supply when necessary.
Transitioning from one program to the other
We will soon be communicating instructions to those of you who were in the Lay Speaking program which explain the process we are going to use to transition into the Lay Servant Ministries program. During this process we will be updating our training records… so in order to prepare for the transition you should gather any certificates that you have for any Lay Speaking Ministries that you have completed in the past 3 years – as well as copies of your annual reports if you have them. Some past courses will be transferable to the new program. We will communicate further instructions soon.
See course 2013 catalog by clicking HERE 2013 Lay Servant Ministries Course Catalog
This course replaces the former “Lay Speaking Ministries” Basic Course. The course is the core training for the new “Lay Servant Ministries” program that’s being implemented in 2013. This basic course is the foundation for all the other courses in the Lay Servant Ministries program. It is meant to provide you with a solid foundation on which you can develop as an effective leader and servant in The United Methodist Church. Lunch will be provided. Cost is $25 which includes course book and lunch meal. Course book used is ““Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course” by Sandy & Brian Jackson. This is one of the required courses for those pursuing Lay Speaking certification. Course will include a mandatory out of class assignment. Note: Those who have taken the Lay Speaking Basic Course within the past three years do not need to take this course as it is essentially the same course.
· Overview of John Wesley & the formation of the Methodist movement
· The role of laity in the early days of Methodism
· Leadership roles (and tools) for today’s lay servant
· Recognizing God’s call in your life
· What is meant by the term “Spiritual Gifts”
· Explanation of what “Caring Ministries” involve
· Tips & techniques for effective communication
· Exploring evangelism, outreach & hospitality related ministries
· Spiritual formation/renewal
· Explanation of transition to Lay Servant Ministries
· and more
This course will guide and help participants explore God’s call in their lives. They’ll identify their unique gifts and become more familiar with the many ministry options through which they can use their gifts to serve their church and community. Lunch will be provided. Cost is $25 which includes course book and lunch meal. Course book used is ““Each One A Minister” by William Carter. Course will include a mandatory out of class assignment. Note: You do not need to take the Lay Servant Ministries Basic course before you take this course.
United Methodist Heritage (Advanced Course)
What exactly do United Methodists believe and why? How do these beliefs shape our denomination? Faithful Christian discipleship requires a foundation in the core belief and practices of the Christian tradition. This course offers a basic explanation of the beliefs and practices of The United Methodist Church. Cost is $25 which includes course book and lunch meal. Course book used is ““The United Methodist Way: Living Our Beliefs” by Kenneth Carder. Course will include a mandatory out of class assignment. Note: You do not need to take the Lay Servant Ministries Basic course before you take this course.
Lay Pastoral Care Giving (Advanced Course)
Some people seem to have natural care giving gifts, but many of us have room to improve our caring skills. This course offers insights into the life span and dynamics of contemporary life to help us reach out with God’s love and care to others. Participants will learn skills that will equip them to assist overworked pastors as well as find personal respite in the use of caring gifts among the laity in the church. Cost is $25 which includes course book and lunch meal. Course book used is ““Lay Pastoral Care Giving” by Timothy Farabaugh. Course will include a mandatory out of class assignment. Note: You do not need to take the Lay Servant Ministries Basic course before you take this course.
This is NOT one of the required courses for Lay Speaking certification.
· Managing A Care Giving Appointment Schedule
· Maintaining Proper Documentation
· Basics Of Human Development
· Dealing with a Crisis
· Illness & Healing
· Suffering & Grief
· Dealing with Loss
· Needs of the Elderly
· The Dying Process
· Stephen Ministry Overview
· and more
IF NEEDED, PLEASE SUBMIT REQUESTS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS FOR COURSES TO ESTON BRINKLEY BY E-MAIL AT firstname.lastname@example.org
CLICK BUTTON BELOW TO PRINT LAY SERVANT MINISTIRES ANNUAL REPORT FORM
This form must be submitted at your churches annual charge conference. It can be filled out online (you need to get a password from your pastor to do that) or you can print out the form by clicking the button below. If you print out a hard copy of the form and fill it out by hand, please print very clearly and give it to your pastor when you have completed the form. Check with your pastor to see if he/she wants you to fill it out online or by hand.