Lay Servant Ministries

In 2012 the General Conference of The United Methodist Church approved legislation to change the name of Lay Speaking Ministries to Lay Servant Ministries.  The term “servant” was chosen because it best describes what Jesus told his disciples in John 13 after he himself had performed the duties of the lowliest servant. We are also called to live out our discipleship as servants in leadership!

A Lay Servant is…

  • A professing member of a local church or charge who is ready and desirous to serve the Church
  • Eager to serve the church, the community and the world
  • Well-informed on and committed to the Scriptures and the doctrine, heritage, organization, and life of The United Methodist Church
  • Trained in witnessing to the Christian faith through spoken communication, church and community leadership, and care-giving ministries
  • Active in the support of the local church or charge

Lay Servants are to serve the local church or charge (or beyond the local church or charge) in any way in which their witness or leadership and service inspires the laity to deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship, including the interpretation of Scriptures, doctrine, organization, and ministries of the church.

Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries

Donna Whittington

District Directors of Lay Servant Ministries

Acadiana - Dr. Charlene Smith

Baton Rouge, LA - Edna Hickman

Monroe - Pat Wiersma -

New Orleans - Glory Davis

Lake Charles - Toni Martin

Shreveport - Brenda Benton

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