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Certified Lay Ministers Academy

January 10–12, 2014

You are invited to participate in this enriching event led by highly qualified leaders from the southeast. Certified Lay Ministers are vital to the mission and ministry of the church. This training is one component in the steps leading towards certification. Training includes 4 Modules focused on: United Methodism, Call and Covenant for Ministry, The Practice of Ministry and The Organization of Ministry. This event is sponsored by the Cal Turner, Jr. Center for Church Leadership at Martin Methodist College and Lake Junaluska Program Ministries.

What is a Certified Lay Minister? (from www.gbod.org)

A Certified Lay Minister (CLM) is a qualified United Methodist layperson called to congregational leadership as part of a ministry team under the supervision of a clergyperson, but who often serves the church in many other ways. Paragraph 271 in the 2008 Book of Discipline, authorized by the 2004 General Conference, explains Certified Lay Ministry, requirements and service distinction.

A person wishing to become a CLM enters the certification process, which includes training, support, supervision and accountability, while serving in a local church assigned by the District Superintendent. CLMs are laypeople serving out their call as a disciple of Jesus Christ. They are not intended to be reimbursed as either full- or part-time clergy, and are encouraged to have their main source of livelihood beyond their local church.

Our Book of Discipline tells us that a CLM:

  • Is an extension of the historic role of laity in the Methodist environment
  • Is trained, supported, supervised and accountable for leadership in his/her context.
  • Can be assigned by the bishop and cabinet as an appropriate leader in a smaller church or faith community.
  • Has the support and supervision of a clergyperson.
  • Can make a real difference in the vitality of a congregation that otherwise may be
  • discontinued for a lack of a pastor.

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