The 2004 General Conference affirmed the certification of lay ministers in The United Methodist Church.
This form of ministry follows the early Methodist tradition of lay preachers and class leaders who served in Christian community.
Today, Certified Lay Ministers (CLM) are vital to the mission and ministry of churches that:
A certified lay speaker or a person with equivalent training as defined by his/her district or conference may be certified as a lay minister by the District Committee on Ordained Ministry after he/she has:
Local Church Recommendation
Written recommendation of the pastor and supporting vote of the Church Council or Charge Conference where he/she holds membership.
A CLM must demonstrate appreciation of the history, polity, doctrine, worship and liturgy of The United Methodist Church through service in his/her local church.
Complete Coursework recommended by the General Board of Discipleship and General Board of Higher Education and Ministry including:
Module I: Covenant for Ministry
Module II: Practice of Ministry
Module III: Organization of Ministry
Module IV: Connection and Ministry
Recommendation by District Superintendent after completion of appropriate screening and assessment.
Apply in writing to the District Committee on Ordained Ministry and appear for review. Certificate is issued by DCOM upon completion of the process.
The CLM may be re-certified by the DCOM every two years after successful ministry program and recommendation of Charge Conference from the congregation to which the CLM is assigned (or, if not actively serving, a member).
A certified lay minister is a unique servant leader different from...
The certified lay minister is assigned by the district superintendent to provide lay pastoral leadership.
CLMs have no clergy rights or benefits. The local church is encouraged to cover appropriate expenses of the CLM as negotiated (mileage, supplies, continuing education).
For more information to go:
Ximena A. Varas, CLM
Director of Certify Lay Ministry
New York Annual Conference