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 Training Info

Registration Form

Module I:  Connection for Ministry
United Methodist Theology, History and Polity
(10/29 & 11/05) at:
Chapelwood UMC
11140 Greenbay St.
Houston, TX  77024
The instructor will be:
Rev. Bob Johnson

Module II:  Practice of Ministry
Pastoral Care and Worship
Dates Cancelled 

Module III:  Organization of Ministry
Organizing a congregation for mission and ministry.  
(9/10 &9/17)

East District Office
Located behind St. Paul United Methodist Church
1507 S. John Redditt Dr., Lufkin, Texas 75915


CLS Trainings:

Lay Servant Training
North District

Daingerfield First United Methodist Church
Saturday, October 22, 2016

See Brochure
Contact: Rev. Ross Hyde

903-220-3023 or 

Certified Lay Servant Training
November 5 and 6
St. Paul’s UMC
Bridge City, Texas
Southeast District

See Brochure