Changes to Lay Servant Ministries Effective Now
Effective January 1, 2017, Lay Servant Ministries has three categories: Certified Lay Servant, Certified Lay Speaker, and Certified Lay Minister. As mentioned in the last newsletter, the changes are the result of legislation adopted at the 2016 General Conference.
Thank you to all who faithfully served as Local Church Lay Servants but decided not to be recommended to become Certified Lay Servants. Although you will no longer be a part of Lay Servant Ministries, I pray that you will still employ your gifts and graces serving God through your local church. If you have a change of heart and would like to be considered for Certified Lay Servant status, please talk with your District Director of Lay Servant Ministries, who can help you with the paperwork and needed approvals. If you don't know who your District Director is, please refer to www.igrc.org/layservant.
There is still some confusion about who is a Certified Lay Speaker. The role and requirements for Lay Speaker were changed by the 2012 General Conference. The name was changed by the 2016 General Conference from Lay Speaker to Certified Lay Speaker, but the role and requirements did not change. Certified Lay Speakers must meet specific educational requirements, receive specific approvals, interview with the District Committee on Lay Servant Ministries, and be approved by the Conference Committee on Lay Servant Ministries. The official list of Certified Lay Speakers may be found at www.igrc.org/conferenceapprovedcertifiedlayspeakers. Please see www.igrc.org/layservant_about for more information.