Lay Ministry Training Dates 

Certified Lay Ministry (CLM)

What Is a Certified Lay Minister?

A certified lay minister is a certified lay servant, certified lay missioner (or equivalent as defined by his or her central conference), who is called and equipped to conduct public worship, care for the congregation, assist in program leadership, develop new and existing faith communities, preach the Word, lead small groups, or establish community ministries as part of a ministry team with the supervision and support of a clergy person. A certified lay minister is assigned by a district superintendent in accordance with ¶419.2. (2016 Book of Discipline, ¶268.1

Full Definition 

CLM Group Consultation Meetings 

with CLM Consultant Rev. Dan Hoke and and Dir. Lay Ministries, Anna M. Rohde 

These meetings include a program covering educational ministry material, fellowship and question and answer period. All are welcome to attend. They are held on Saturdays from 10 am to 12 noon.

CLM Group Consultation Meeting Dates:


CLM Trainings:

2021 Certified Lay Ministry Module Training Certified Lay Ministry Module I:

Connection for Ministry- UMC Theology, History & Polity

Two Saturdays, January 23 and January 30, 2021

Winterfield United Methodist Church; 2616 Tryon Rd., Longview, TX 75605

9 am to 3 PM with instructors, Rev. Joseph Thomas & Rev. Michael Johnston

For More Information click here for Registration Flyer


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

CLS Trainings:


Saturday, February 13, 2021 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

First UMC 506 E. 28th St Bryan, TX 77803

COST: $30   Textbooks & lunch included

No Registrations after Jan 11

For More Information click here for Registration Flyer


Central South District

2021 Virtual Via Zoom


February 20, 2021

10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.



Lay Servant Ministry Basic Certification

(continued on Saturday, February 27 from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.)

Textbook: Lay Servant Ministries by Sandy and Brian Jackson

Cokesbury Bookstore online at or (866) 980-8661

Lay Servant Ministry Advanced Certification

(continued on Saturday, February 27 from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.)

Textbook: Each One a Minister by William Carter

Cokesbury Bookstore online at or (866) 980-8661

Click link below to register:

For More Information click here for Registration Flyer

Login link will be forwarded to members following your registration.

For questions, please contact Juanita Jackson at

All courses will be held online.


District Lay Ministry Directors

North District
Rev. Ross Hyde

West District
Natalie Patterson

East District
Rev. David Goodwin

Southwest District
Rev. Ramona Riggs

Evelyn Jammer

Northwest District
Rev. Karen Jones

Central South District
Juanita Jackson

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

Certified Lay Servant Annual Report



Anna M. Rohde, Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries 
1101 Pine Tree Rd. 
Longview, Texas 75604  903-522-0490