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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Dear Certified Lay Ministers, Certified Lay Ministry Candidates and Certified Lay Servants,

Please mark your calendars for the following dates and locations for our next CLM Group Consultation Meetings:


February 3, 2018       

Dayspring UMC, Tyler 

Topic: Administration of Worship       

310 W. Cumberland Rd.,

Tyler, TX  75703            

10 am to 12 PM       


with Rev. Dan Hoke



Houston Areas         

(This meeting will be led by Rev. Bill Taylor,

time and place to be posted very soon)


These meetings are open to our CLMs and CLM Candidates to provide support, education, shared discussion and questions and answer time. The meetings in Marshall and Tyler in 2018 will focus on “Leadership for Transformation: Leaders Grow Leaders”.  There will be handouts. I am happy to share with those who cannot attend. I hope you can all make one of these meetings. They are now held quarterly in three different locations in the Texas Conference.  Attendance at these meetings qualifies as an annual continuing education credit for CLMs.


Note: The District Superintendent of the North District has requested that all of the CLMs in his district attend at least one a year.



CLM Trainings:

CLM Group Consultation Meetings with CLM Consultant Rev. Dan Hoke and and Dir. Lay Ministries, Anna Rohde 

Due to the current flood recovery conditions and efforts the meeting for the Houston area has been postponed.  The next planned meetings will be held in January 2018.

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.

Southeast District Lay Servant Ministry Training

Spring Training Event--February 2018

Saturday, February 24, 2018

9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.
AND Sunday, February 25, 2018; 2:00—5:00 p.m.

You must attend BOTH days to receive credit for the course.

Fall 2018 Brochure (avail. 1/2018)

COST $35 (includes book and lunch) 

Books will be mailed to you after paid registration.

Please review your book prior to class.

BASIC COURSE--Local Lay Servant Basic Course; 

ADVANCED COURSE--Living our United Methodist Beliefs (UM Heritage); 

ADVANCED COURSE--God’s Mission...Our Journey; Rev. Sharon Sabom, Facilitator


West District Lay Servant Training

February 10th and 17th 2018 in Bryan 

Participants must attend both Saturdays

Registration form


CLM Module I: Connection for Ministry-United Methodist Theology, History and Polity

With Rev. Dr. Bob Johnson
January 13 and 20, 2018      
9 am to 4 PM at

Chapelwood UMC
11140 Greenway St.
Houston, TX  77024

CLM Module II:  Practice of Ministry-Pastoral Care and Worship

With Rev. Dr. Del Covington
April 7, 14 and 21, 2018      
9 am to 4 PM at

Summerfield UMC
7078 Tryon Rd.
Longview, TX 75605


CLM Module III Training 
Organizing a Congregation for Mission and Ministry

With Rev. Dr. Allison Cambre
February 24 and March 3, 2018 

9 am to 4 PM at
Marvin UMC
300 W Erwin St.
Tyler, TX  75702


CLS Trainings: