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

Certified Lay Servant Annual 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 Group Consultation Meeting Dates:

March 30, 2019 at Deer Park UMC from 10 am to 12 PM
With Congregational Excellence Director, Rev. Robert Besser
All are welcome, CLM Candidates, CLMs, Certified Lay Servants and those interested in Lay Servant programs.


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

Dates: TBA


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

Dates: TBA


CLM Module III Training 
Organizing a Congregation for Mission and Ministry


Dates TBA


Certified Lay Minister Quarterly Group Consultation Meeting

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

Dates TBD

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:

Southwest District

May 10-11, 2019 Brazoria FUMC
Oct 18-19, 2018 Parkway UMC

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North District

March 29 - 30, 2019 
Tennison Memorial UMC
313 N Church St
Mt Pleasant TX 75456

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Northwest District

May 4, 2019
Cheatham UMC, Edgewood
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