The Gateway Districts Office
Friday, September 21, 2018
The Missouri Conference will relentlessly lead our churches to become outwardly focused and spiritually centered Christ followers.

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.

Role of Lay Speaker in the Missouri Conference (See ¶ 266.6 Book of Discipline, 2012). The 2016 BOD has provisions for a new role for those additional equipped and examined, i.e. Role of Lay Speaker, who are especially ready to serve in the function of pulpit supply. The Missouri Conference will be establishing the process for recognizing those persons during the coming year. In the meantime, all lay servants so desiring may be called by pastors to fulfill pulpit supply responsibilities. If you desire to provide pulpit supply, make it known to your pastor and to your district director and so indicate your willingness on your Annual Report form.



Gateway Regional District

The Gateway Regional District is offering 3 Lay Servant classes on October 6 from 9:00am - 3:00pm at Church of the Shepherd.  We will offer the Basic Course, Advanced Course: Leading Worship and Preaching Your Best Message.  
Click Here for the brochure and a detailed explanation of each course, including which book will be used.  You must order your own book in advance.  $5 boxed lunches will be available for purchase at the door.

To register, please complete the form on the brochure and mail it to Church of the Shepherd (address on brochure) by October 1.  

Online Courses

Online Courses are always offered at BeADisciple.


Contact Information

Gateway Central District

Gateway Regional District

MO Conference

Ken Cieslak


Robin Byron



Jeff Fothergill