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
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:
Description: This course includes a Spiritual
Gifts Inventory, understanding the individuals call to ministry, Ministry
covenant and recognizing ordering for Ministry.
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,
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.
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.
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
- 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.
Certified Lay Minister Program
Class of 2020 Certification 2021
Orientation Sessions for Admission
April 1, 2020
Orientation-Admission session dates,
times, and locations in 2019 for Admission April 1, 2020
Contact Judy to register your attendance preference, attendance
at one orientation is required for program admission.
Saturday, August 24 12:30- 2:30 pm Valley
Forge Conference Office
Tuesday, August 27 6:30 – 8:30 pm Asbury UMC, Allentown ND
Monday, September 9 6:30 PM-8:30 PM SD West Lawn UMC, Reading SD
Saturday, October 12 10 am -12 pm Asbury UMC, Allentown ND
Wednesday, To be announced 6:30 - 8:30 pm Ross Street UMC, Lancaster WD
Thursday, To be announced 6:30-8:30 PM First UMC, Schuykill Haven ND
Thursday, October 24 6:30- 8:30 pm Valley Forge Conference Office
Monday, October 28 6:30 - 8:30 pm West Lawn UMC, Reading SD
Monday, November 4 6:30- 8:30 pm Asbury UMC, Allentown ND
Saturday, November 23 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm Christ UMC, Fairless Hills ED
Saturday, December 7 10 am-12 pm Valley Forge Conference Office LAST
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.
C 610-442-3140 email@example.com
christservantministries.net (link on CLM page) or
EPAUMC.org Laity page
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 2020:
Module 1 May 2 , 2020 TBA 8-4
Module 2 June 5-6 Friday evening and all day Saturday
Module 4 TBA Historic St. George’s September 19 ? 2020
Module 3 TBA November 14 ??, 2020 8-4