The Gateway Districts Office
Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Lay Servant Ministries



In past years, the primary task of lay servants was pulpit supply, however now Lay Servant Ministries encompasses much more. To participate in Lay Servant Ministries, a person need not commit to preaching. Lay servant training areas include evangelism, stewardship, devotional life, missions, caring ministries, Christian education, Christian leadership, administration, United Methodist heritage, as well as preaching and worship planning.

Role of Lay Speaker in the Missouri Conference (See ¶ 266.6 Book of Discipline, 2012). The 2012 BOD has provisions for a new role for those additional equipped and examined, i.e. Role of Lay Speaker, who are especially ready to serve in the function of pulpit supply. The Missouri Conference will be establishing the process for recognizing those persons during the coming year. In the meantime, all lay servants so desiring may be called by pastors to fulfill pulpit supply responsibilities. If you desire to provide pulpit supply, make it known to your pastor and to your district director and so indicate your willingness on your Annual Report form.



Gateway Regional District

The Gateway Regional District is offering a Lay Servant Classes on April 14 form 8:30am - 4:30pm at Hillsboro UMC (4810 State Road B, Hillsboro, MO 63050).  We will offer the Basic Course and 2 Advanced Course options: Leading Worship and Called to Preach.  To Register, email Robin Byron at by April 2nd.  Include Name, Address, Phone, Email, Church, District and which Course you're attending.  You can also mail your registration to Robin Byron, 9550 State Route DD, Bloomsdale, MO 63627.  Bring $15 registration fee and optional lunch money on the day of the course.
Click Here for the flyer with full details on each course.

Online Courses

Online Courses are always offered at BeADisciple.

Click Here for a copy of the GBOD 2015 Lay Servant Ministries Catalog.


Contact Information

Gateway Central District

Gateway Regional District

MO Conference

Ann Chase


Robin Byron



Jeff Fothergill