Certified Lay Minister
The Certified Lay Minister (CLM) is a position that was created by the 2004 session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. It is a position designed to enhance the quality of ministry and ability of small membership churches, team ministry in larger membership churches, and ministry in other community settings to meet the spiritual and temporal needs of a constantly changing world. (Paragraph 271, Book of Discipline, United Methodist Church)
The Indiana Conference is piloting the CLM program in 2016 and will have a complete program available for all Certified Lay Speakers after the pilot is complete. If you have questions about the CLM program, please feel free to contact Darlene White, Conference Assistant for Leadership Development, for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-924-1321.
Those individuals who are interested can begin working through steps 1 - 3 below in order to be ready for certification in the CLM program. Training resources include class sessions, a wide variety of reading and viewing materials, and on-going support from instructors, clergy persons, and local church members. Please contact your District Director of Lay Servant Ministries or your District Office for information on when and where trainings are taking place through the Lay Servant Academy. You may also take many of the classes for Certified Lay Speaker through www.beadisciple.com. Please notify your District Director of Lay Servant Ministries of your completion of this course and request a certificate be sent to them by Be A Disciple.
Steps to Certification
STEP 1 – Local Church Lay Servant BOD ¶267
STEP 2 – Certified Lay Servant BOD ¶268
STEP 3 – Certified Lay Speaker BOD ¶266
STEP 4 – Recommended by Pastor and Administrative Council/ or Charge Conference
STEP 5 – Attend Certified Lay Minister Academy
STEP 6 - Meeting with District Committee on Ministry (dCOM) to Finalize Certification
STEP 7 - Conditional Assignment to congregation
- CLM Applicant Enrollment Package 2017
- Annual Report (Download and save then begin filling out form.)
- Background Screening Form
- Notarized Disclosure Form