Lay Servant Ministry - Open the Door


Have you noticed a call to ministry in a member of your congregation? Perhaps, you feel God's calling? The WNCCUMC wants you to know there are pathways available to equip laity with the resources they need to serve in Lay Servant Ministries. With different tracks for Certified Lay Servants, Certified Lay Speakers, and Certified Lay Ministers, there are opportunities to provide just the right level of training for each person's calling. Lay Servant Ministries give laity an opportunity to serve in partnership with Clergy, offering much needed support in our churches. You may remember Tom Bridges' Laity Address at Annual Conference. As Tom was discerning the call on his heart, a door opened. Let's continue opening doors. By engaging with a conference training model, we are able to have to a clear understanding of how to best match our certified laity with the right opportunities to serve. We're also excited to use this opportunity to generate a conference-wide database for Lay Servant Ministries. As our database populates, it will become easier than ever for clergy to identify folks available to help provide extra support. This database will also help cut-down on paperwork for Charge Conference!!

If you want to learn more, or if you know a lay person who has this calling, we invite you to join us. Laity, remember: You are significant! A seed has been planted in you! To share the LSM video from Annual Conference, view Frequently Asked Questions, or download a matrix of the three LSM pathways, visit: Click "Open the Door" and begin your journey on discovering if Lay Servant Ministries is right for you. We also invite you to join us for our first Come and See Lay Servant Ministries Discernment Event. Get all your questions about Lay Servant Ministries answered on Saturday, July 28th. To register, click here.

Thank you for remembering the importance of teaching with us at Annual Conference. We know we're better equipped to Go, Teach, when we have the tools we need to be successful. The conference is excited to reimagine Lay Servant Ministries and offer this training to all who feel called. 

Open the door,
Kylee Rose Frye
WNCCUMC CLM Leadership Team

Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at


  • Resources
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