Long Island East District
Long Island East District
Monday, March 18, 2019
of the New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
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Michele F. Sanchez Co-Director Lay Servant Ministries Committee
Cell: 516-306-4960
Email: michelefsanchez3949@gmail.com

Lay Servant Ministries

Lay Servants are invited to participate in the Good Friday Service at Wesley United Methodist Church in Franklin Square, Friday April 19.  Read this letter for details...
Lay Servant Training Classes for 2019:
download an application for:
Basic Class (Word document)            Advanced Class (Word document)
Basic Class (PDF)                             Advanced Class (PDF)
(Word documents can be modified on your computer, then printed.  PDFs need to be printed first and then filled in.)



Lay Servant Ministry is a United Methodist system for lay leadership development.  The courses are designed to help persons develop their skills in leadership, communication, and care-giving and to discover their Spiritual Gifts.  The BASIC Course is the foundation of LSM and must be taken in order to earn Certificates and to work toward Certified Lay Speaker.  The Lay Servant Ministries Informational Brochure can be downloaded:


Please discuss these classes with your Pastor; our contact info is below if you have questions. "The Advanced Course application needs approval by your Church Council OR Charge Conference, so don't delay!" We look forward to seeing you.

LIE Lay Servant schedule of classes for 2019 is below.  We are offering an exciting LSM Curriculum which includes three (3) Basic Courses so please share this good news with newcomers!

Classes at three (3) locations on Saturdays:  3/23, 3/30 & April 6, 13.

Time:  8:30 am to 1 pm

158 W Montauk Hwy,
Hampton Bays, NY 11946.
BASIC – Pastor Jennifer Stultz
LAY PASTORAL CARE GIVING – Pastor Enrique Lebron
515 S Wellwood Ave, Lindenhurst, NY 11757
BASIC – Pastor Dyanne Corey
PREACHING – Bill Flipse, C.L.S.
265 Asbury Ave.,
Westbury, NY 11590 (at the corner of Post Ave. and Asbury)
BASIC – Fred Brewington, Esq./Rosemarie Walker, C.L.S.
SPIRITUAL GIFTS – Pastor Elon Sylvester / Angela Pratt, C.L.S.
DEVOTIONAL LIFE IN THE WESLEAN TRADITION (Bi-Lingual/Spanish Heritage Course) - Pastor Hector Rivera

Registration Forms (and a check for $35) must be returned to the NY Conf. of The UMC-LIE Office by January 1, 2019, so that books can be ordered and distributed before the start of classes in March.

  Peace to All,
Michele F. Sanchez
Co-Director - Lay Servant Ministries   
Cell:  516-306-4960         
Email: michelefsanchez3949@gmail.com        
Pastor Steve Knutsen
Co-Director - Lay Servant Ministries          
Cell:  845-204-0349  
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Lay Servant Resource Library
If you have any new or used Lay Servant Ministry training materials; texts, workbooks, leader's guides or participant booklets, please consider donating them to the LIE District Lay Servant Resource Library.   The library will be housed at the United Methodist Church in Seaford and all materials on hand will be available upon request.
With much gratitude,
Steve Knutsen 

What's the difference between a Lay Servant and a Lay Speaker?
The titles have changed. To find out....

Information for Lay  Servants

 Here are links to Annual Reports for: 

  Training information:
The Basic Class is for those who wish to become Local Church Lay Servants, trained to serve in caring, leading and communication ministries in their home churches.
--> To reach this goal, take the Basic Course.
the Advanced Class is for those who wish to become (or continue as) Certified Lay Servants.  Participants must  take the Basic Class first.  
--> To achieve or to maintain this level, take one of the advanced classes.
Course descriptions:
*Basic Course - God calls you to a life of servanthood as a disciple of Jesus Christ. …”Lay Servant Ministries is the first step for many laypersons toward their faith journey as they strive for a closer relationship with the Lord," the authors write in the introduction.

The Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course is a foundational course designed to equip new church leaders and renew current leaders in The United Methodist Church. It explores:  personal spiritual gifts; servant leadership; each leader's role in developing future leaders; the importance of consistent spiritual practices; the core ministries of Leading, Caring, and Communicating, and much more.

Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts - This course helps participants understand spiritual gifts and how the church can use them to fulfill its mission and ministry. Participants will also learn what it means to be a spiritual leader and will be equipped to lead others in exploring and using their spiritual gifts.

Lay Pastoral Care Giving - This course offers insights into the life span and the dynamics of contemporary life to help church leaders reach out with God’s love and care to others.

Leading Bible Study - This course opens a new world for many Lay Servants who have not had professional training in biblical interpretation. It reminds us as United Methodists that Bible study and biblical interpretation are a core part of our spiritual journey.

Leading in Prayer While a mystery, prayer can and should be taught. It is our primary means of communicating with God, yet most Christians join the church and only learn how to pray by listening to others.   And if ever called on to pray in public, it becomes a real test of faith for most people. After all, isn't this better left in the hands of the "professionals"?!  The author’s deep passion for teaching Christians how to pray grows from her awareness of prayer as an intimate connection with God. This short course on public prayer will help you grow in confidence and skill, while encouraging a deeper and more vital prayer life in your personal life.

*BASIC CLASS - Please note that Basic class must be taken in order to receive a Certificate for any additional classes.  It is also a requirement if a Lay Servant is working toward the Certified LAY SPEAKER Certificate.  Otherwise, attendance would be considered “auditing”