Greetings Lay Servants,
Our United Methodist heritage has passed down to lay servants the awesome privilege and responsibility of offering the gospel of Jesus Christ to others through the ministries of leadership, caring and communications. The Discipline states that the lay servant should serve the local church or charge in ways in which his or her witness, leadership, and service inspires others to a deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship. Training courses to equip lay servants are recommended by the General Board of Discipleship and are offered at different training events throughout the year.
At the General Conference in 2016, many changes occurred to the certification process of each Lay Servant, Lay Speaker and Lay Minister. All certification now comes from the conference or conference committee. With the new certification, more requirements are now being asked of Lay Speakers and Lay Ministers. You will be receiving a letter in the coming week, describing the recommendations for both the Certified Lay Servant and the Certified Lay Speaker. If you have had the basic course and one advanced class in the last 3 years and you are recommended by your church council to remain a lay servant, you will be receiving your Certified Lay Servant Certificate at your charge conference.
We now have a website, https://kptlayservantministries.com/
This website has all the new requirements, training schedules, forms and information to help you understand the new guidelines.
On October 14, we are having a training day at Crossroads. I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to take a class on that day. We are excited to be offering new classes that have never been taught in the Kingsport District.
Thank you so much for all that you do in the name of Christ.
Interim District Director of Lay Servant Ministries