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Course of Action Lay Minister

How should you proceed in your licensure journey? Note the wisdom passed on by Solomon. “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory” (Prov. 24:3-6 ESV). 


Just as houses are built from a plan and wars are won or lost because of a plan, it is wisdom to make a licensure plan that fits your schedule. Again, note Solomon’s wisdom. “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls” (Prov. 25:28 ESV). Self-control is the critical element in successfully completing the licensure process. 

Your tentative timeline will assure your pastor and the Regional Bishop that you are serious about obtaining a Lay Minister Certificate. It can also serve as your personal motivation since you know the Regional Bishop has a copy and is monitoring your progress. 

Select the Button below below to submit your timeline to both your Pastor and to the Regional Bishop.

The following tasks will need to be accomplished during the first year of Lay Minister status:


Practice These Things Workbook

One page, typed, and double-spaced essay entitled, My Calling

Preach at local church

Participate in administering the Lord’s Supper

Participate in administering Footwashing

Participate in administering Water Baptism

Participate in a funeral, if applicable

Make a hospital visit with Pastor

If church has Sunday School teach an adult class and a children/youth class at least one time

If church does not have Sunday School, lead a Bible study

Register in the Ministerial Development Program (MDP)


Now let’s put that in writing. I will use myself as an example. You should have a conversation with your Pastor about these dates. Many of these dates will be based on his/her schedule and availability. 


I, Clint Knowles, will complete the workbook, Practice These Things with my mentor in 12 months. My essay will be written in the first 30 days of being set forth as a Lay Minister. Within the first six months, I will minister at church and participate in the sacraments as Pastor schedules them. In the first nine months, I will make a hospital visit and lead a Bible Study. I will register in the MDP in my 11th month.  I will also support and attend regional events. 

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