Lay Servant Ministry

The Southeast District offers training and certification for lay persons who desire to be recognized as lay servants. Recent changes in The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church have resulted in new terminology. Below is a brief summary.

Certified Lay Servants serve in their own churches, in other churches, and through District or Conference projects and programs. In order to be recognized as certified lay servants, they must be recommended by their pastor and their Church Council or Charge Conference, complete the basic course and one advanced lay servants course, and be interviewed by the District or Conference Committee on Lay Servants. They must report and reapply annually and they must complete at least one advanced course every three years.

Certified Lay Speakers serve in a more distinctive leadership role, now requiring a more rigorous process of study and evaluation. 

If you have any questions about Southeast District Lay Servant Ministries, please contact Diane Bales, the Southeast District Lay Speaking Chair, by email at