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:
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 2018
Orientation Sessions for Admission April 1, 2018
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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
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.
Contact Judy Ehninger, CLM Program Coordinator, with questions and further information and to register for an Orientation Session:
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:
Costs: 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