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 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:


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:

Southwest District Lay Servant Training

Date:    10/10/2020

Time:    8:00 a.m.

Class:   "Discover Your Spiritual Gifts"

Text:     Each One a Minister by William Carter

Where:  Cedar Street UMC, 1420 N. Church, Tyler

Cost:    $35 (Includes snack, drinks, lunch)


Class is limited to 10 persons due to social distancing protocols.

The Basic Course will be offered at a later time.

Questions:  Pastor Karen Jones   903-530-2046


October 16 &17, 2020

Offering hybrid classes; combination in person and on line for “Discovering You Spiritual Gifts” and the “Basic Course.”




District Lay Ministry Directors

North District
Rev. Ross Hyde

West District
Natalie Patterson

Southwest District
Robert Johnson

Northwest District
Rev. Karen Jones

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