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:


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


Central South District

Saturday, February 19, 2022  9am - 2pm

Saturday, February 26, 2022  12am - 5pm

**Classes will be offered online**

Registration Part I  

Registration Part II

West District

Saturday, February 22, 2022  8:00am - 5:00pm

First UMC - Bryan

506 E. 28th St Bryan, TX 77803

COST: $30  Textbooks & lunch included

Registration Flyer

Southwest District

Saturday, February 5, 2022  8:30am - 5:30pm

Saturday, March 5, 2022  8:30am - 5:30pm

**Some Classes will be offered online**

Faith United Methodist Church

4600 Farm to Market 359, Richmond, TX 77406

COST: $20  Textbooks & lunch included

Online Registration  

Northwest District

Saturday, March 26, 2022  7:30am - 5:30pm

Preaching—Refresher” Not a required course— just an opportunity to refresh ourselves on sermon prep, delivery, new ideas, and hearing others preach.

Saturday, June 18, 2022  8:30am - 5:30pm

“Public Prayer” (Advanced Course) Pre-Read:  Well & Kocher’s   Shaping the Prayers of the People

All Classes will be held at Cedar Street UMC, Tyler

Reservations can be made with Rev. Karen Jones  903-530-2046   or

All Courses are $30.00 each (lunch included) books not included

District Lay Ministry Directors

Central South District

Juanita Jackson        

North District

Ross Hyde                           

Northwest District

Dr. Karen Jones         

Southwest District

Ramona Riggs &         

Evelyn Jammer         

West District

Dan Fischer