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Robin Bell
District Superintendent
Robin Bell

Angela Dennis
Executive Assistant
Angela Dennis

(636) 891-8004 ext 22
Fax: (636) 891-9700
301 Sovereign Court, Suite 100
Ballwin, Missouri 63011-4435

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Lay Servant Ministries


            Lay Servant Ministries is a leadership development program in the United Methodist Church focused on equipping and empowering laypersons who have responded to the call of God to serve in mission and ministry.  These laypersons are called to live out their own discipleship as servants in leadership through the ministries of leading, caring and communicating.  Being called to ministry is a serious endeavor.  It takes a disciple to make a disciple!  We must do all we can to prepare ourselves and others to serve. 


            To become a certified lay servant, you must be recommended by the local church and complete the basic “Introduction to Lay Ministries” course and complete one advanced lay servant ministries course.  Certified lay servants serve the local church and/or beyond the local church in many ways so that their witness, leadership, and service inspire others to a deeper commitment to Christian living.


            Certified lay servants who feel a calling to preach the Word and serve as pulpit supply in the District or Conference can become certified lay speakers by completing a track of study of advanced lay servant ministries courses in leading worship, leading prayer, discovering spiritual gifts, preaching, and United Methodist heritage and polity.


            A certified lay servant who wishes to become part of a ministry team under the supervision of a clergyperson and lead public worship, care for the congregation, assist in program leadership, preach the Word, lead small groups, establish outreach ministries or develop new and existing faith communities can become a certified lay minister by completing a broad track of study determined by the Missouri Conference.

CLASSES:  Generally offered 3 times per year.  Online courses are always offered at

October Training Registration:        

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Webster Hills UMC, 698 W. Lockwood, Webster Groves, MO 63119 from 8:30am – 4:30pm

Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course
Whether you are new to the Lay Servant Ministries program or need a refresher on all the opportunities for service offered in the United Methodist Church, this is the course for you.  Lead by Certified Lay Servant Millie McDowell, you will be encouraged to recognize and use your spiritual gifts to strengthen the church in its goal of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. 

Life Together in the United Methodist Connection
An advanced Polity course

Missouri Conference Associate Lay Leader Jeff Fothergill will lead this class using the Wesleyan theological frame of "connection" to help you understand United Methodism's polity and organization as the intersection of our beliefs, our mission, and our practice.  This fulfills a course requirement for the Certified Lay Speaker designation.

Dancing with Words
An advanced class in storytelling

Whether it's preaching from the pulpit to a congregation or witnessing to your faith in a private setting, the elements of storytelling can enhance the power of your message.  In this class you will learn what constitutes a good story, explore storytelling styles, learn effective storytelling techniques and practice (and tell) stories of your own from your own experiences.  Lead by Ken Cieslak, District Director of Lay Servant Ministries. 

DISTRICT DIRECTOR:   Ken Cieslak – – 314-412-0344