Lay Servant Ministries

Lay Servant Ministries is one of the most significant lay leadership development programs available within the United Methodist connection. Through this system of equipping and empowering, lay servants have the opportunity to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ who then go and make other disciples.

Lay Servant Ministries can be a significant component of any discipleship system within their church. A lay servant serves primarily in their local congregation. This includes: Pastor and council or charge conference; lay servants must complete the basic course for lay servants; on a yearly basis, lay servants must submit an annual report to the district and reapply annually; and they must take a refresher course every 3 years. This can be done by taking any advance courses that is available during the year.

The Finger Lakes District is comprised of 75 churches. Ideally, all of these churches should have at least one local lay servant. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Presently, in the district there are 75 lay servants. Trumansburg United Methodist Church has the most lay servants, 5! We are very fortunate that these 5 individuals have stepped up to the plate” to help our pastor when needed. Five of them are certified, which means they have the ability to help other churches in recruiting lay servants for their church. 

The Finger Lakes District Lay Servant Team is the “mentor” of all the lay servants in the district. This team meets every month, when needed, to discuss courses that can be offered to all of the lay servants during the year. During the past 5 years, this district has offered 27 courses to help lay servants grow in their ministry. For the past 3 years, in November, the Lay Servant District Team has offered a weekend advance course at Camp Casowasco. This has enabled the team to provide a more in-depth special course for those lay servants who are interested.

We are very fortunate that this church encourages our lay servants to take advantage of the courses offered. Pastor Jeff and the Church Council have been supportive to all of the lay servants.

The five lay servants in our church are: Judi Eastburn, local certified lay servant; Mary Louise Gallagher, local certified lay servant; Ronda Ketcham, local certified lay servant; Pat Love, local certified lay servant; and Susan McCormack, local certified lay servant. All of them have taken time to take courses to serve as true disciples in our church.  Sadly we recently (August 2020) lost our leader, Chris Kimball-Peterson, Sr. Lay Servant, to cancer; she will be greatly missed.  


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