5 OUR PASTORS CAN’T DO IT ALL TODAY - laity still play a critical role in the life of The United Methodist Church, serving and working along side our clergy in many different ministry areasOUR PASTORS CAN’T DO IT ALL
6 Key Dates and TermsExhorter – Appointed to serve the circuit in the absence of the pastorLay SpeakerLocal Church & CertifiedOver 3,000 Lay Speakers Serve2013 – UMC Transitions From “Lay Speaking Ministries” To “Lay Servant Ministries”
7 So why the change? What are the goals of the new program?
8 Key GoalsTo increase overall laity involvement in the UMC by broadening the scope of training.
9 Key IssueThe emphasis of the former Lay Speaking Ministries program was on Lay Speaking.Many people who had no interest in preaching or public speaking did not participate in the training.Result = a relatively small percentage of laity participated.
12 Key GoalsTo increase overall laity involvement in the UMC by broadening the scope of training.To provide a more rigorous and thorough training/selection process for those who wish to pursue Lay Speaking certification.
13 Course Requirements Comparison For Lay Speakers Certified Lay Speakerin former Lay Speaking MinistriesLay Speakerin current Lay Servant MinistriesBasic CourseFive Advanced Courses - one in each of the following areas:PreachingLeading WorshipLeading PrayerDiscovering Spiritual GiftsUM Heritage & PolityBasic CourseOne Advanced Course in Lay Speaking
14 Why use the word “servant?” It best describes what Jesus told his disciples in John 13 after he himself performed the duties of the lowliest servant.
15 Winter Lay Speaking School (in the Walterboro District)Held at St. George UMC (Feb 26 & 27)15 courses were conducted127 laity attended“Men’s Ministry” course taught for the first timeNext one will be at Carteret UMC (Aug 27 & 28)
16 Winter Lay Speaking School (of the Walterboro District)
17 Winter Lay Speaking School (of the Walterboro District)
19 How do Lay Servants serve the church? Example Positions/Ministry AreasLay LeadersCommittee MembersChurch CouncilTrusteesSunday School TeachersUshersEvangelismGreetersLocal MissionsMusiciansLay PreachingPrayer LeadersLay Pastoral CareYouth Leaders