Lay Servants - MME

 
Mid-Maine District
Lay Servant Ministries
 
Anne Carter, Director
 
 
Sharon Merrill, Registrar
 
 
 

 

 

The Mid-Maine Committee on Lay Servant Ministries (LSM) is busy recruiting teachers and scheduling LSM classes through the District. In 2018 we had a new Director, Anne Carter (from Cox Memorial UMC), and a new Registrar, Sharon Merrill (from Bolsters Mills UMC). We have continuity with Pastor Elizabeth Bailey Mitchell (People's UMC and Searsmont UMC) and we have three new members: Anna Jean (AJ) Alexander - one of Mid-Maine’s two Certified Lay Ministers, and a member of Bolsters Mills UMC; Claire Piddock from Readfield UMC; and Rev. Steve Bascomb (UMC of Auburn). But we definitely have room for more! So please contact either Anne or Rev. Karen Munson if you are interested in this committee.

We are excited that some of the District churches will have new Certified Lay Servants and Certified Lay Speakers! If you are the person preparing reports at one of those churches, we ask you to notify us (see contact info below), so that we can check that each person has met the requirements. Then we can prepare a certificate ahead of time that our District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Karen Munson, can bring to the church/charge conference.

We encourage you to arrange for the person(s) to attend so that the certificate can be presented at that time. (If the person is not able to attend, the pastor can present the certificate at a later time.)

Or perhaps you have persons who already are Certified Lay Servants or Certified Lay Speakers. Please be sure that they fill out their annual report (https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/lay-servant-ministries-forms) and have it ready to give to the District Superintendent at the church/charge conference. The following link gives more information on how each of these is defined: https://www.neumc.org/layservantministriesrequirements It is important for people to know that Certified Lay Servant is an excellent path for those who want to deepen their understanding of ministry, but don’t want to speak in front of a group!

Please feel free to contact Anne or Sharon with any questions (email address above). 

 
Click here for the new "Lay Ministries Form" which has been approved for Church Conferences
 
New Courses coming soon!