Do you sense God calling you to engage in an ongoing formal ministry at your local church or beyond in your community? OR, are you a Certified Lay Servant or Certified Lay Speaker whose occasional opportunities to speak or serve have brought forth a call to make a full-time commitment as a layperson?
If so, you may be sensing a call to become a Certified Lay Minister (CLM) in The United Methodist Church. “The certified lay minister serves 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, or by expanding team ministry in other churches and charges. As with lay ministry in early Methodism, the certified lay minister uses his or her spiritual gifts as evidence of God’s grace.” (Paragraph 268.2, 2016 Book of Discipline)
Deciding to pursue becoming a certified lay minister is a big step and the Conference Committee on Lay Servant Ministries is offering a CLM Discernment Event on Saturday, July 27, from 10 am till 3 pm at the United Methodist Building in Garner, NC. Reservations are required so we may have adequate materials and provide lunch. Reservation deadline, 5 pm, Monday, July 22.
Cost is $25 (payable at the door) to cover lunch and the book, “The Christian As Minister.”