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Bruce Baxter
District Superintendent
Bruce Baxter

Lisa Conley
Administrative Assistant
Lisa Conley

Beverly Rhodes
Executive Assistant
Beverly Rhodes

(573) 334-8723
Fax: (573) 334-3807
6 North Clark
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

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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.


Certified Lay Servants

To become a certified lay servant, you must be recommended by the local church and complete the basic course, “Introduction to Lay Ministries”, and complete at least one advanced lay servant ministries course. Certified lay servants serve the local church and/or beyond the local church in many ways so that their witness, leadership, and service inspire others to a deeper commitment to Christian living.


Certified Lay Speakers

Certified lay servants who feel a calling to preach the Word and serve as pulpit supply in the District or Conference can become certified lay speakers by completing the five CORE advanced classes; leading worship, leading prayer, discovering spiritual gifts, preaching, and United Methodist heritage and polity.


Certified Lay Ministers

A certified lay servant who wishes to become part of a ministry team under the supervision of a clergyperson and lead public worship, care for the congregation, assist in program leadership, preach the Word, lead small groups, establish outreach ministries or develop new and existing faith communities can become a certified lay minister by completing Certified Lay Ministry courses outlined in the Conference's Part-Time Ministerial Leaders (PML) Training.

How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going

with Susan Beaumont-April 10, 2021

Registration Deadline - April 3, 2021

9 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going

How do you lead an organization stuck between an ending and a new beginning—when the old way of doing things no longer works but a way forward is not yet clear? Such in-between times are called liminal seasons—threshold times when the continuity of tradition disintegrates and uncertainty about the future fuels doubt and chaos. In a liminal season it simply is not helpful to pretend to understand what needs to happen next. But leaders can still lead.

Who can attend?

This laity learning event contains material with a focus for laity, local church leaders and leadership teams. Clergy who choose to attend are strongly encouraged to attend with a lay person to support in using materials within your local church setting post-event. For Certified Lay Servants, this training will be considered an advanced course offering.

Workshop Materials

To supplement your learning, you are encouraged to purchase and read Susan’s book prior to the event. Susan's book can be found in paperback and eBook format on various platforms.
How to Lead When You Don't Know Where You're Going: Leading in a Liminal Season: Beaumont, Susan: 9781538127681: Books

Register on Southeast District homepage

Contact Information

Lisa Conley

Southeast LSM Director