(Recommended for Christ
Servant Ministers seeking to provide pulpit supply)
2012 General Conference designated a separate position of Lay Speaker.
In our conference journal we use the term CSM Lay Speaker to
identify those individuals who indicate that they have a deeper
commitment to serve in a preaching capacity, perhaps for extended
periods of time, and have completed an extensive required course of
study. Please keep in mind that the opportunities to serve as guest
speakers is not restricted to persons designated as CSM Lay Speakers.
Many Christ Servant Ministers have taken advanced courses in Speaking,
but desire to use their talents in areas beyond pulpit supply. Most
Districts have a relatively short list of CSM Lay Speakers when compared
to the broader base of Christ Servant Ministers.
Guidelines for a CSM Lay Speaker:
Complete requirements for recognition as a Christ Servant Minister.
submit an annual report to Charge Conference as required by
send signed copies of the Annual Report to the CSM District and
the required Course of Study for CSM Lay Speaker (Basic CSM Course,
Speaking 1 & 2, one other Advanced course to be chosen from a list
of recommended courses).
course work is completed, provide appropriate documentation to the
CSM District and Conference Director.
years complete 1 advanced course and receive an effectiveness review
by the CSM District Committee.
Course of Study to become a CSM Lay Speaker
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