ContactStaff →

Londia Wright
District Superintendent
Londia Wright

Angela Dennis
Executive Assistant
Angela Dennis

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

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

June Lay Servant Training Registration:        

Saturday, June 29, 2019

St. Andrew UMC 3975 N. Hwy. 67 Florissant, Missouri 63034 from 8:30am – 4:30pm

Core Classes: Lay Servant Ministries (Basic) The Basic Course encourages people to recognize and use their spiritual gifts for work in the Church, helping each congregation to become an outpost for mission and transformation. Individual sessions guide participants through thoughtful reflection on the areas of leading, caring, communicating, and spreading the love of Christ in the world.

Each One a Minister (Advanced) Each One a Minister begins with the study of Ephesians. Carter engages the reader in discovering the meaning of church, ministry, and gifts — from the early church up to the present. Four ministry categories, closely connected to the congregational primary task (receive, relate, equip, send), are identified. 

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Pacific UMC 1516 W. St. Louis Street Pacific, Missouri 63069 from 8:30am – 4:30pm

Core Class: Lay Servants as Christian Transformational Leaders (Advanced) Take an in-depth look at the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church - the church's attempt to speak on contemporary issues with which it is confronted today. We will cover topics such as the following: Natural World, Social Community, Economic Community, Political Community, Biblical Foundations of the Social Principles, and Teaching the Social Principles.

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