There is a discussion going on in our district/conference about lay speaking and the changes in the curriculum for lay speakers. I have some idea about the lay speakers in our district and will be getting answers as to the courses that they have taken in the past. But I want to get some idea of the nature of lay speaking on a broader scale. So I have come up with these questions:
- Are you now or have you ever been a local lay speaker? Are you now or have you ever been a certified lay speaker?
- When did you take your first course to become a local lay speaker?
- Describe the course or courses that you took when you became a local lay speaker?
- When did you take your first course to become a certified lay speaker?
- Describe the course or courses that you took when you became a certified lay speaker?
- How much of your being a lay speaker (local or certified) is more leadership than speaking? (an approximate percentage of the total time)
- How much of your being a lay speaking (local or certified) is leading worship rather than speaking? (an approximate percentage of the total time)
- If you are a certified lay speaker, how many Sundays in a given calendar year are you at other churches?
- Are you aware of the category of lay speaker known as “Certified Lay Minister”?
- Is your conference aware of the category? Is your district aware?
- Are there any individuals in your conference qualified as Certified Lay Minister?
- If so, how are they utilized in this position?
Thought provoking question – “In your opinion, should a person be a lay speaker before they consider full-time ministry?”
If you are not a lay speaker, can I be as bold as to ask why not? And would you mind sharing these questions with your friends who happen to be lay speakers? Thank you!
Answers may be posted to my blog or you may mail them to me at TonyMitchellPhD@verizon.net. I will try to have a summary of the answers up by the 1st of March.