Lay Ministry

What is a Certified Lay Minister (CLM)?

A Certified Lay Minister is a qualified United Methodist layperson called to congregational leadership as part of a ministry team under the supervision a clergyperson. Paragraph 271 in the 2012 Book of Discipline explains Certified Lay Ministry, requirements, and service distinction. Full Definition

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What is a Certified Lay Servant (CLS)?

Lay Servants are to serve the local church or charge in any way in which their witness or leadership and service inspires the laity to deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship. This includes the interpretation of scriptures, doctrine, organization, and ministries of the church.

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What is a Lay Speaker?

Certified Lay Servant or person, with equivalent training as defined by his or her district or conference, who provides pulpit supply.

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Certified Lay Minister Application

Certified Lay Minster Annual Report

CLM Candidate Charge Conference Approval Report



Anna Rohde, Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries 
1511 Judson Rd., Ste A
Longview, TX  75601

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CLM Trainings:

CLM Group Consultation Meetings with CLM Consultant Rev. Dan Hoke and Anna Rohde 

In the second quarter, one will be set in the Houston area. The program for each meeting will cover the same material so you only need to attend one of  meetings. The meetings are held on Saturdays from 10 am to 12 noon.

North District
February 25, 2017
Harleton UMC, Harleton, Texas
13370 FM 450N, Harleton TX  75651


CLS Trainings:

Lay Servant Training
Central South District

St. Matthew's UMC
4300 N Shepherd, Houston, TX
February 18 and 25, 2017

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Lay Servant Training
Southeast District

UM Temple
4101 Hwy 72
Port Arthur, TX 77642
February 25 and 26, 2017

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Lay Servant Training
East District

Basic and Advanced Classes
March 4 and March 18, 2017
Perritte Memorial UMC
1025 Durst St.
Nacogdoches, TX  75964
Contact: 936-899-7383

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Save the Date!          
North District Lay Servant Training (Basic and Advanced)
April 7 and 8, 2017 
Lakeview Baptist Camp 
Lone Star, Texas  
More information to come as it is available.