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Certified Lay Minister (CLM)

The 2004 General Conference of the United Methodist Church authorized the creation of a Certified Lay Minister, (CLM) 2012 Book of Discipline)

The General Board of Discipleship and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry worked together to develop the basic coursework.

Certified Lay Minister (CLM) is a qualified United Methodist layperson called to be a part of a ministry team under the supervision of a clergy person. The CLM candidate is a Christ Servant Minister/Lay Servant in good standing, with a minimum of two years CSM experience, including one  CSM Speaking Course (or a person with equivalent training as defined by the EPC).  Persons who feel the need for more ministry training and responsibility, after consultation with their pastor, approval of the  District Committee  on Ordained Ministry, and District Superintendent are accepted to begin the program.

Assignment and Recertification…Certified Lay Ministers may be assigned by the District Superintendent to provide lay pastoral leadership, as part of a ministry team, in local churches and have no clergy rights or benefits. Certified Lay Ministers may be re-certified by the District Committee on Ordained Ministry every 2 years after successful ministry program evaluation (CSM Annual Report) and recommendation of Charge Conference from the congregation to which the CLM is assigned (or, if not  assigned, the congregation of membership).

The required coursework for CLM has four modules that must be taken in order:

  • 1. Introduction - Call and Covenant for Ministry minimum 10 hours contact time

Description: This course includes a Spiritual Gifts Inventory, understanding the individuals call to ministry, Ministry covenant and recognizing ordering for Ministry.

  • 2 The Practice of Ministry minimum 10 hours contact time

Description: Worship: Styles of Worship, Leading Worship, The Role of Music, Prayer, Scripture in Worship, Praise and Worship – a Performance or Joint venture, Including all Ages in Worship, Worship Resources

Preaching: Preparing and delivering sermons, The Sacraments, Evangelism; its meaning and helping students understand the importance of reaching out to others. Pastoral Care: Visitation, Funeral Care, boundaries and Safe Sanctuaries.

  • 3. Organization of Ministry minimum 10 hours contact time

Description: Focus on the leader’s task of organizing a congregation for Mission and Ministry. Understanding congregational culture. Leadership, Ministry N.O.W and Committees that work.

  • 4. The Connection for Ministry minimum 10 hours contact time

Description: United Methodist History, Exploring the Theology and Doctrine of the Christian Church, and the contribution of the United Methodist Church. The connection between the local church, district and annual conference.

  • 5.  Additional requirements include: completion of Safe Sanctuary Background checks, completion of the EPAC Basic Sexual Ethics course, and completion of Changing Racism weekend retreat. 
This coursework is designed to prepare a Lay Person for effective pastoral service as part of a ministry team that will include a Supervising Pastor.  Course material may be transferred to the Local Pastor course of study as designated.
Students wishing to go further must go through the candidacy process.

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Certified Lay Minister Program

Class of 2018

Orientation Sessions for Admission April 1, 2018

To print the following schedule (in .doc format), click here

Orientation-Admission session dates, times, and locations in 2017 for Admission April 1, 2018: (please contact Judy to register your preference for attendance)

Saturday, September 9, 1:45 PM-3 PM Grove UMC (following Laity Retreat) SD

Monday, September 18, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM Asbury UMC, Allentown ND

Tuesday, September 26 7-9 PM Christ UMC, Fairless Hills ED

Wednesday, October11 6:30 PM-8:30 PM Ross Street UMC, Lancaster WD

Thursday, October 19 6:30-8:30 PM First UMC, Schuykill Haven ND

Monday, October 30 6:30 PM -8:30 PM West Lawn UMC, Reading SD

Thursday, November 9 6:30-8:30 PM Valley Forge Conference Office

Saturday, November 18, 10-AM- 12 PM Asbury UMC, Allentown ND

Saturday, December 16 10 AM-12 PM Valley Forge Conference Office

(please contact Judy to register your preference for attendance)

Sessions are two hours in length. Attendance at one session is the first step in the admission process, therefore a requirement. Registration for one session is required. All admissions materials and requirements will be reviewed at the session.
Admission materials (application) will not be distributed except at the orientation sessions.

Contact Judy Ehninger, CLM Program Coordinator, with questions and further information and to register for an Orientation Session:

H 610-965-2290 Ehninger @ptd.net OR
C 610-442-3140
judy.ehninger@gmail.com
christservantministries.net (click on CLM link)

The Program Module classes will be held at the Valley Forge Conference Center unless otherwise noted. Module classes must be taken in the sequence offered.

Tentative module schedule for 2018:
Module 1 May 4-5 TBA Friday evening ? and all day Saturday (? one day only)
Module 2 June 22-23 TBA Friday evening and all day Saturday
Module 4 TBA Historic St. George’s September 2018
Module 3 TBA November 2018Costs:     Registration Fee   $ 35.00   to accompany application

Make checks payable to EPC UMC with CLM in the notation space.  Nonrefundable
 
Class Fee per Module $100 - paid prior to beginning of each class module  (plus the costs of Basic Sexual Ethics $35,  Changing Racism $300, background checks, as well as travel and lodging if necessary for attendance)
 
The program is designed to be completed in one calendar year. (Up to three years may be allowed to accommodate individual candidates.)
Classes will be offered at the EPC Office, Valley Forge, unless otherwise indicated. A required orientation session  is provided before the Module sequence begins.
 
For Eastern Pennsylvania Conference information contact:
Judy Ehninger, Coordinator EPC CLM Program
H 610-965-2290   C 610-442-3140    Judy Ehninger    ChristServantMinistries.net

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