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.
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
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
Our Book of Discipline tells us that a CLM:
- Is an extension of the historic role of laity in the Methodist
- 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.