Many Ways for Laity to Serve in The United Methodist Church

The United Methodist Church believes, “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.” (The Book of Discipline 2016, Paragraph 127)

Within The United Methodist Church, there are many ways in which laity may share the gospel of Jesus Christ, from local church ministry, to mission service, to Lay Servant Ministries (LSM). Lay persons do not need a certain degree or specialized training to live out their faith in ways that honor Christ. Yet some laity may desire to be equipped through resources like West Ohio’s Laity Discernment Retreats or the Lay Servant Ministries courses offered at the District level, including the following:

2022 Laity Resources:

  • LSM Living Our Beliefs (virtual): January 2022
  • LSM Life Together in the UM Connection (virtual): January 2022
  • Laity Discernment Retreats (virtual): February & March, 2022 (Click here)
  • Introduction to Lay Servant Ministry (virtual): August 2022
  • LSM Life Together in the UM Connection (virtual): August 2022
  • LSM Called to Preach (virtual): September 2022

If you have questions about lay ministry, or would like more information, email LSM [at]