Close X
  • Home
  • About
  • Ministries
  • Mission
  • Events
  • News
  • Resources
  • X

    Translate

    Close

    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    ministries

    Certified Lay Ministry

    Certified Lay Ministry Process – Adopted Legislation at 2016 General Conference

    (For more details please see Certified Lay Ministry Applicants Packet)

    As part of a ministry team with supervision and support of a clergyperson:

    • Conducts public worship
    • Cares for the congregation
    • Develops new faith communities
    • Preaches the Word
    • Leads small groups
    • Establishes outreach ministries
    • Serves as a class leader
    • Engages in specialized ministries after appropriate training

    REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATION:

    • Certified as a lay servant, lay missioner
    • Pastor and church council or charge conference recommendation
    • Completion of a track of study as defined in ¶268 2016 Book of Discipline
    • District Superintendent recommendation
    • Appropriate screening & assessment
    • Conference committee on Lay Servant Ministries approval after interview with and recommendation from district committee on Ordained Ministry

    REQUIREMENTS FOR RENEWAL:

    • Annual report
    • Pastor and church council or charge conference recommendation
    • Ministry review
    • Lay Servant Ministries advanced course or approved continuing education event annually
    • District Superintendent recommendation
    • Conference committee on Lay Servant Ministries approval every two years after interview with and recommendation from district committee on Ordained Ministry

    Forms and Additional Information:

    Can't find a form you're looking for? Check the Lay Servant Forms section


    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 867 local churches and 65 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."