Whether you are making an initial application to become a certified lay servant or certified lay speaker, or are currently serving in either role, you must submit an annual report to your charge conference (¶266.4a, ¶267.4a, 2016 Book of Discipline). Certified Lay Ministers also submit an annual report to their charge conference.
When do I submit my report?
The reporting year runs from July 1 to June 30. Therefore, you will submit an annual report beginning in July and before your charge conference.
When you complete the form, you will list any training events you attended over the previous 12 months. If you would like to keep track of your training and service opportunities until you complete the form, you can print the record keeping form. If you need to participate in a class for your certification renewal, check out the training opportunities in the districts.
How do I submit my report?
After you complete your annual report online, you will automatically receive a copy by email, which you will submit for review to your local church charge conference. Your District Director will automatically receive a copy for review by the conference committee on Lay Servant Ministries.
Background Checks – Lay Speakers and Certified Lay Ministers:
The Conference Committee on Lay Servant Ministry requires background checks for all persons seeking to become or to renew as a Certified Lay Speaker or Certified Lay Minister. This is another way those in leadership can demonstrate a commitment to the safety and protection of children, youth, and vulnerable adults that is essential in ministry.
The applicant will complete a permission form and the confidential screening will be done by Trak-1, a company used by the conference that supplies background checks for organizations across the US. An applicant needs to complete the screening permission form and submit payment to the conference office at least a week prior to their interview by the respective District on Lay Servant Ministry or District Committee on Ordained Ministry (for CLM). The fee is $10 and can be paid by check or through our online payment portal.