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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Lay Servant Ministries

    Click here for Lay Servant Ministry Forms.

    Conference Lay Servant Director: Lucina Hallagan

    Phone: (315) 945-9444

    Lucina has a degree in Human Resources Management from RIT. She currently works as H.R. Manager at Hallagan Furniture, has been a Lay Servant since 1991, a District Director of Lay Servant Ministries from 2012 to 2016 and currently is the Upper New York Conference Director. She has been a member of Newark First UMC her entire life and has faithfully served in many areas of ministry including Small Group Leader, Youth Mission Leader, Sunday School teacher and now as Media Ministry Director.  Lucina also serves on the Finger Lakes District Superintendency Team.  Lucina is married to Steve, has three children, Rev. Colleen Preuninger, Maggie and Andrew Hallagan. She uses Acts 20:24 (MSG) as an anchor scripture for her life: “What matters most to me is to finish what God started: the job the Master Jesus gave me of letting everyone I meet know all about this incredibly extravagant generosity of God.”

    If you ...

    ... are ready to share God's love and your faith
    ... sense God's calling and you are willing to explore it
    ... are willing to go wherever and whenever God calls you
    ... will commit your time and energy to the service of God and your neighbor

    you are ready to become a Lay Servant.

    What is a Lay Servant?

    A Lay Servant is an active, supportive member of a United Methodist congregation who is eager to be in ministry through the church. He/she is well-informed on scripture, doctrine, heritage, organization and life of the United Methodist Church and is committed to witnessing through church and community leadership, care giving ministries and spoken communication. A Lay Servant is willing to initiate ministry in partnership with clergy and other Lay Servants and willing to improve his/her skills for service.

    How Do Lay Servants Serve?

    There are three ways to serve as a Lay Speaker:

    Lay Servants care, lead, and communicate, they encourage, equip, and support others for deeper commitment to Christ and to faithful discipleship

    A Lay Servant is a person who chooses to take part in training on the Basic level, then perhaps on the Advanced level to become a Lay Servant. This person receives the recommendation of the Church Council and/or the Annual Meeting and the pastor; and the approval of the District and Conference Board of Lay Ministry to serve as a Lay Servant.

    Those in the Lay Servant Ministry serve in many ways: visitation, leading a study, singing in the choir, serving at a lunch program, teaching Sunday School, sending out church or personal prayers, volunteering to clean, go on a mission project, or to lead or preach at a worship service. The types of ministry are too numerous to list.

    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."