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

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More



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

Learn More About This Ministry





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.

CLM Module I Training
Connection for Ministry:  
United Methodist History, Doctrine & Polity
March 11 and March 18, 2017 
at Keltys UMC
9 am to 3 PM with instructor Rev. Cindy Doran

See Brochure

CLM Module II Training
Practice of Ministry
April 1 and April 8, 2017 
at Moody Memorial UMC
9 am to 3 PM with instructor Rev. Keith Swatzel

See Brochure

CLM Module III Training
March 25 and April 1, 2017 
at Greggton UMC
9 am to 3 PM with instructor 
Rev. Dr. Del Covington

See Brochure


CLS Trainings:

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

See Brochure


Advanced Lay Speaker Class in WORSHIP
Saturday, March 11 8am 
Asbury UMC, Tyler 
1420 N Church 
Tyler, TX  75702
Pre-read “Planning Worship” 
and “Leading Worship”
Cost: $35  Includes soup & sandwich lunch, 
drinks and snacks.
Register: Rev. Karen Jones 


Lay Servant Training
Southwest District 

March 31-April 1 
First UMC, Bay City

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.