Why do we have Certified Lay Ministers?
According to ¶268.2 of the 2016 Book of Discipline, we have certified lay ministers in order to:
- Enhance the quality of ministry much like a class leader did in early Methodism through service in the local church, circuit, or cooperative parish
- Expand team ministry in other churches or charges
- Use spiritual gifts as evidence of God’s grace, as with lay ministry in early Methodism
What does a Certified Lay Minister do?
Our 2016 Book Of Discipline tells us that a CLM as part of a ministry under the supervision and support of a clergyperson:
- Conducts public worship
- Cares for the congregation
- Assists in program leadership
- Develops new and existing faith communities
- Preaches the Word
- Leads small groups
- Establishes community outreach ministries
CLMs also now have the opportunity with further training to specialize in the following areas (click on each for more information):
- Hispanic/Latino Lay Missioner
- Lay Missionary/Church Planter
- Children’s Faith Formation
- Men’s Ministry Specialist
- United Methodist Parish Nurse
ANNUAL REPORT – All Certified Lay Ministers are required to submit an annual report. Click here to access an online annual report form.
Some frequently asked questions: