Each Annual Conference has the authority to approve additional classes – called
exception credit – for its own use. It is important to note that the design of the
courses must fit the needs of that local conference and follow the ministry
guidelines of Lay Servant Ministries.
Courses must be recognized by the Annual Conference Committee on Lay
Servant Ministries (LSM) of which the lay servant is a member, and a certificate of
To help individual conferences assess requests for alternative advanced courses
for lay servants, the following guidelines are provided.
Materials must fit these guidelines:
- The subject is in line with courses currently in the LSM catalog. Here is a listing of the learning objectives of current advanced courses.
- The content fits the LSM theme of leading, caring, communicating.
- The course will benefit the lay servant for use in their local church.
- The course must provide at least 10 hours of study.
- The course is participatory and led by a facilitator qualified in the subject.
Evaluation needs to address these points:
- Is the text user – friendly (readable, understandable)?
- Does the study help develop skills in this specific ministry?
- Does the material equip laity in becoming stronger witnesses for Christ?
- An evaluation of the class must be submitted to the District Committee on
LSM or equivalent.
If you would like to apply to receive credit for an course as an alternative to the standard courses, please fill out this writable PDF form and submit it to your District Director of Lay Servant Ministries.