The ministry of the laity flows from a commitment to Christ’s outreaching love. Lay members of The United Methodist Church are, by history and calling, active advocates of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Every layperson is called to carry out the Great Commission  (Matthew  28:18-20); every layperson is called to be missional.

The witness of the laity, their Christ-like examples of everyday living as well as the sharing of their own faith experiences of the gospel, is the primary evangelistic ministry through which all people will come to know Christ and The United Methodist Church will fulfill its mission. (Book of Discipline 2016).   ¶ 127 The Ministry of the Laity  

The WV Conference has two lay leadership teams:

Lay Ministries Team comprised of District and Conference Lay Leaders.

Lay Speaker Ministries Team comprised of District Directors of Lay Ministry.

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.

Learn more here: Lay Servant Ministries

Certified Lay Ministers serve to enhance the quality of ministry much like a class leader did in earth Methodism through service in the local church, circuit, cooperative parish or specialized ministry.

Learn more here: Certified Lay Ministry

For more information contact your District Superintendent.

Follow this link to connect to the Lay Servant Ministries catalog of courses.  Click Here.

Lay Servant Ministry Annual Report forms:

Certified Lay Servant

Certified Lay Speaker

Certified Lay Minister

Follow this link to learn more about Certified Lay Ministers from the General Board of Discipleship.  Click Here.