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. 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.

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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






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

CLM Module Trainings will begin again in the Fall. Dates and times will be posted soon.

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

September 29 and October 6, 2018

From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 PM at Christ UMC, Sugar Land 3300 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land,  Tx   77479

With Rev. Dr. Chappell Temple

Registration Form

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

Leading Worship, Preaching/Sharing Faith, Discipleship Ministries and Caring for a Congregation 

October  13, 20 and November 3, 2018

From 9 am to 4:00 PM at Jacksonville First UMC    1031 SE Loop 456, Jacksonville, TX  75766

With Rev. Doug Wintermute

Registration Form

CLM Module III Training 
Organizing a Congregation for Mission and Ministry

October 20 and 27, 2018

From 9:00 am to 4:00 PM at Summerfield UMC           7078 Tryon Rd., Longview, TX  75605       

With Rev. Dr. Del Covington 

Registration Form

Certified Lay Minister Quarterly Group Consultation Meeting

With CLM Consultant Rev. Dr. Dan Hoke and Anna M Rohde

Saturday, August 25 at 10 am at Summit UMC              Hwy 59 N at Sedberry   Marshall, Texas  75672 903.938-0701

All are welcome to attend this meeting that offers training, fellowship, discussions and more on ministry in the local church and beyond. Topics vary at each quarter and all your questions are welcome.


CLS Trainings:

Upcoming Dates:

Southwest District Lay Servant Academy

October 19-20

First UMC, Sugar Land
431 Eldridge Road
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Register Online

North District Lay Servant Training

October 27

Hughes Springs FUMC
301 Taylor
Hughes Springs TX 75656
(903) 445-5202