“We Lead, We Care and We Communicate”
Lay Servant Ministries
The South Carolina Conference of the
United Methodist Church
A great training awaits you!SC Lay Servant Ministries Academy Training March 11-12, 2017 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 11 and 2-5 p.m. March 12 Virginia Wingard Memorial UMC,
1500 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC
Lay Servant School
Lay Servant School registration forms:
Lay Servant TrainingLay Servant Ministries Power Point
No More Volunteers – Reclaiming Christian Servanthood (power point)
LSM Power Point Presentation – A More Excellent Way: The Serving, Giving and Living
Welcome to the South Carolina Lay Servant Ministries (SC LSM) Web Page. I greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ each of you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I am proud and humble to respond to the call to serve as our Conference Director.
On behalf of the conference LSM, I invite you, my sisters and brothers in Christ, to peruse our web page. The web page provides information regarding our Twelve (12) District Directors, schools and course offerings. This site is also designed for approved registrants to apply for scheduled schools. We hope that Lay Servants, Lay Leaders, Pastors and District Superintendents will find it most beneficial.
The Mission of the Lay Servant Ministries is to equip God’s People to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ. -Ephesians 4:11-12
Lay Servant Ministries provide training for the laity to equip them to be leaders in mission and ministries in the local church and community. Each of us is gifted by the Holy Spirit to be a servant in God’s kingdom. Lay Servant Ministries provide educational opportunity that will enhance our spiritual gift and build the needed skills to enable us to be more effective Christian leaders. Through our Lay Servant Ministries Schools, we gain Biblical knowledge and wisdom to help us make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
How often and in how many ways are you called? We, as United Methodists, believe our faith must be lived out in our lives and in the life of the world if it is to have any validity. Consequently, our faith must be a living, vital, acting faith that seeks to transform the world or, to use a phrase of Wesley’s, “to spread Scriptural holiness over the land.” (Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course)
Becoming a certified lay servant in the United Methodist Church prepares a person for ministry in whatever area they choose. Lay Servant Ministries involves Leading, Caring, and Communicating. A certified lay servant may choose to lead a Bible study, start a prayer ministry, teach Sunday school, participate in a prison ministry or visit the elderly and shut-ins and the nursing home. The sky is the limit for ways and opportunities to minister.
Each district usually offer a Basic Course for those just beginning in the Lay Servant Ministries. After the Basic Course, you must complete an Advanced Course to become a Certified Lay Servant. Certified Lay Servants must complete an Advanced Course every three years in order to remain certified. Individuals desiring to maintain the status of a Local Church Lay Servant are required to take a Lay Servant “RENEWAL” Course every three (3) years.
Inclusive in the Lay Servant Ministries is a tract for Lay Speakers. This tract is primarily for those that have gifts to share and serve as Pulpit Supply. The required Courses are: the Basic Course, UM Heritage, UM Polity, Worship, Lead in Prayer, Discovering Spiritual Gifts and Preach. Along with other requirements your District Directors of Lay Servant Ministries can talk to you about. Talk to your Pastor and discern if this is one of your spiritual gifts.
A directory of District Directors of Lay Servant Ministries can be found within this web page. These persons, your Pastor or your District Superintendent, will be happy to talk with you about training to become a lay servant in the United Methodist Church.
Jackie G. Jenkins, Conference Director
SC Conference Lay Servant Ministries
Post Office Box 697
St. George, South Carolina 29477