As Lay Servants we are entrusted with a calling that goes beyond us! “Lay Servants are to serve 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. This includes the interpretation of scriptures, doctrine, organization and ministries of the church” (umcdiscipleship.org).
That is a lot of responsibility and requires, not only service, but training!
Lay Servants are required to attend classes to obtain and maintain certification in the Lay Servant Ministries program. At the end of each class we receive a certificate indicating that we completed the class. It is the hope, though, that what we learn in the class does not end when the class does!
2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman (tested by trial) who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth."
As Lay Servants, we must focus on the big picture! It is not about the certificate – It is about becoming an effective disciple!
Jeanie Leeper is Lay Servant Ministry director in the Prairie Rivers District in Nebraska.