Long Island East District
Long Island East District
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
of the New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
Search this site.View the site map.

Click here for: 
(different than
Lay Servants)
For more info contact 
Michele F. Sanchez Co-Director Lay Servant Ministries Committee
Cell: 516-306-4960
Email: michelefsanchez3949@gmail.com

Lay Servant Ministries

District Conference
All Lay Servants who recently completed classes are encouraged to come to District Conference (see details) to receive a certificate.  And bring your pastor!

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.  You may bring them to the District Conference at Bible United Methodist Church in Dix Hills on Saturday, May 12, 2018.  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.
Class schedules and locations:
Class dates and locations for 2019 are still to be determined. 
To request that a specific class be offered, please email Michele Sanchez at 
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”