The United Methodist Church’s “Book of Discipline,” defines a Lay Speaker as one who is “an active, supportive and professing member of a United Methodist church; eager to serve the church, community, and world; well-informed on Scripture and on the doctrine, heritage, organization, and life of The United Methodist Church; committed to witnessing through church and community leadership, care-giving ministries, and spoken communication; and willing to improve his or her skills by training for service.”
Lay Speaking ministries offer training opportunities (basic and advanced) for the lay people of the church who would like to use their witness, leadership, and service to inspire others to a deeper commitment to Christ and to more effective discipleship. Lay Speakers serve the local church or serve beyond the local church in any way in which their witness, or leadership and service inspire people to a deeper commitment with Christ and to becoming a more effective disciple of Jesus.
The Lay Speaking ministry at YUMC offers many options for serving in the church. Our Lay Speakers have completed Basic and or Advanced Lay Speaking courses and maintain certification through the completion of additional courses, taking at least one course every three years. They conduct, or assist in conducting, worship services; present sermons and messages during worship services; lead meetings for prayer, training, study, and discussion; assist in the distribution of the elements of Holy Communion; and lead in a variety of other ministries when requested by the pastor. Our Lay Speakers recognize that God calls every one of us to proclaim His presence and His power through all that we say and do.
The Conference consistently offers Lay Speaker ministry courses throughout the year. Please see our Pastor or contact the Church Office, if you feel you are being spiritually led to serve and are interested in taking Lay Speaking courses to become a Lay Speaker or maintain certification.
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