Lay Servant

General Conference 2016

Adopted Lay Servant Ministries Legislation - Beginning 1/1/2017

What is Lay Servant Ministries?

According to the Book of Discipline, a lay servant is a professing member of a local church or charge conference who is "ready and desirous to serve the Church and who is well informed on and committed to the Scriptures and the doctrine, heritage, organization and life of The United Methodist Church." "A lay servant has received specific training to develop skills in witnessing to the Christian faith through spoken communication, church and community leadership, and care-giving ministries."  All Certified Lay Servants must submit an annual report to their charge conference and be reapproved annually.

The 2016 General Conference of the UMC adopted several resolutions that helped to define and clarify the various certifications in Lay Servant Ministries.  Beginning January 1, 2017:

Local Lay Servant – is no longer a valid designation and no annual reporting is required.

Certified Lay Servant – has successfully completed the Basic Lay Servant Ministry course in Leading, Caring and Communicating, and has successfully completed an approved advanced lay servant ministry course of study. Annual reporting is required (see form below).

Certified Lay Speaker – is a Certified Lay Servant who has completed the requirements for this certification, including the successful completion of six required advanced lay servant courses.  Annual reporting is required (see form below).

Certified Lay Minister – is a Certified Lay Servant who has met all of the requirements and courses of study for this certification, and has been approved by his/her district superintendent, District Board and Conference Board of Lay Servant Ministry. Annual reporting is required (see form below).

Here is a  LSM Info Sheet for specific requirements for each category which includes the requirements for Certified Lay Servants, Certified Lay Speakers and Certified Lay Ministers.

If you have any questions, please contact your District Director of Lay Servant Ministries or   Mary Brevigleri, NYAC Director of Lay Servant Ministries, 68 Case St., Canton CT 06019, 
860-307-4611, mbrevigleiri@perrytechnology.com

Lay Servant Classes

Click here to view Lay Servant classes and events in the New York Conference

Annual Report

Annual Reports for Lay Ministries: 

Please visit the Discipleship Ministries site for more information on lay servants.

District Representatives of Lay Servant Ministry

Catskill Hudson Margaret Howe, co-director 845-943-8962

howemarg@aol.com

  Eugene Knoth, co-director 845-688-5901 Knothheat@yahoo.com
Connecticut Mary Brevigleiri, director 860-307-4611 mbrevigleiri@perrytechnology.com
  Jerry Eyster, representative 203-357-6923 jerryeyster@gmail.com
Long Island East

Michele F. Sanchez, co-director

516-306-4960

michelefsanchez3949@gmail.com

 

Rev. Chong II Kim, co-director

631-274-9662

Chong.Kim@nyac-umc.com

Long Island West Willie Dixon, director 212-719-6414 cubdixon@aol.com
  Melvin Hall, assistant director 718-978-4708 mhall2401@gmail.com
Metropolitan Kim Owens, co-director 914-699-2686 kimal81@aol.com
  Joy Rhodes, co-director 718-324-3507 rhodesj@nyp.org
New York/ Connecticut Bonnie Hyatt, director 914-439-4528

jesusfishlady@gmail.com

  Warren Whitlock, registrar 716-807-4696 wgw1009@yahoo.com
Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries Mary Brevigleiri 860-307-4611 mbrevigleiri@perrytechnology.com
Conference Lay Leader Roena Littlejohn 203-331-9653 Roena.Littlejohn@nyac-umc.com
Assistant Conference Lay Leader Mitch Underwood 860-747-9829 mitch@underwoods.org
Conference Director of
Connectional Ministries
Matt Curry 914-615-2230 mcurry@nyac.com