On March 29th and 30th a Lay Servant Training was held in Mt. Pleasant, Texas at Tennison Memorial United Methodist Church in the North District of the Texas Conference. The District Lay Servant Ministries Director, Rev. Ross Hyde reported to me that there were 28 participants. Now, this is the average number of attendees for many Lay Servant Trainings, but the most exciting part of the weekend was the group that attended from Joaquin United Methodist Church. This small membership church brought 14 members to participate in the lay servant training courses being offered. The members drove over three hours to attend the training; the majority of whom were first time participants in the Basic Course Class. What a joyous praise to God to see so many of His people desiring to become better equipped servants for Him!
We are blessed in our Conference to offer Lay Servant Training in several districts several times a year. The dates and times are listed on the Conference website on the “Lay Ministry Page”. A United Methodist Laity can become a Certified Lay Servant by receiving the recommendation from their pastor and local church council and completing the Basic Course and one Advanced Course provided by UMC Discipleship Resources.
We are happy to announce that we recently added Certified Lay Minister, Jeff Scearce, as our Lay Ministry Contact for the Houston area of the Texas Conference. The Houston area churches and pastors can now assist their laity who are interested in lay ministry training by also reaching out to Jeff for direction and guidance. Jeff is a member of Deer Park UMC in the South District. He and I will also be working together on setting up CLM trainings and meetings in the Houston area. We thank him for offering his services and know his participation will help our ministry grow. Below is Jeff’s contact information.
281-924-6302 cell and texting and 281-479-9934 home with voice mail answering
501 South Travis, Deer Park, Texas 77536
Coming Up: Certified Lay Ministry Group Consultation Meeting
May 11th at 10 am to 12 PM at Summit United Methodist Church (North District)
With Rev. Dr. Dan Hoke and Dir. Anna M Rohde
1901 East End Blvd. N, Marshall, Texas 75672
For CLMs. CLM Candidates and those laity interested in Certified Lay Ministry
Annual Conference - May 29, 2019 at the Hilton of Americas Hotel
Check out the “Congregational Excellence” table at Annual Conference for more information on Lay Ministry of the Texas Conference. Hope to see you there!