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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


Lay Servant Ministries Director, Ken Cieslak is looking forward to laity and clergy wishing to grow in discipleship to sign up for the upcoming classes.  So far, three dates are on our district calendar and registrations will open six weeks prior to the training dates.  Plan ahead for -

Saturday, March 23, 2020, 8:30am-5:00pm

North Park UMC – 1525 Orchid Ave. St. Louis MO 63147               

1) Introduction to Lay Ministry (BASIC course)
2) Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition (Advanced Heritage)               

3) Teach Adults (Advanced course)

Saturday, June 20, 2020, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Salem in Ballwin UMC – 14825 Manchester Road Ballwin MO 63011

1) Introduction to Lay Ministry (BASIC course)
2) Public Prayer (Advanced Prayer course)
3) Aging and Ministry in the 21st Century (Advanced course)

Saturday, October 3, 2020, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
The River at Eureka – 215 North Central Ave. Eureka MO 63025           

1) Introduction to Lay Ministry (the BASIC course)
2) Leading Worship (an Advanced Worship course)
3) God’s Mission, Our Journey (an Advanced course)