Certified Lay Minister (CLM)
The 2004 General Conference of the United Methodist Church authorized the creation of a Certified Lay Minister, (CLM) 2012 Book of Discipline)
The General Board of Discipleship and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry worked together to develop the basic coursework.
Certified Lay Minister (CLM) is a qualified United Methodist layperson called to be a part of a ministry team under the supervision of a clergy person. The CLM candidate is a Christ Servant Minister/Lay Servant in good standing, with a minimum of two years CSM experience, including one CSM Speaking Course (or a person with equivalent training as defined by the EPC). Persons who feel the need for more ministry training and responsibility, after consultation with their pastor, approval of the District Committee on Ordained Ministry, and District Superintendent are accepted to begin the program.
Assignment and Recertification…Certified Lay Ministers may be assigned by the District Superintendent to provide lay pastoral leadership, as part of a ministry team, in local churches and have no clergy rights or benefits. Certified Lay Ministers may be re-certified by the District Committee on Ordained Ministry every 2 years after successful ministry program evaluation (CSM Annual Report) and recommendation of Charge Conference from the congregation to which the CLM is assigned (or, if not assigned, the congregation of membership).
The required coursework for CLM has four modules that must be taken in order:
This coursework is designed to prepare a Lay Person for effective pastoral service as part of a ministry team that will include a Supervising Pastor. Course material may be transferred to the Local Pastor course of study as designated.
Students wishing to go further must go through the candidacy process.
Certified Lay Minister Program
Class of 2019 Certification 2020
Orientation Sessions for Admission April 1, 2019
Orientation-Admission session dates, times, and locations in 2018 for Admission April 1, 2019 (please contact Judy to register your attendance preference, attendance at one orientation is required for program admission).
Monday, September 17 6:30 PM-8:30 PM Asbury UMC, Allentown ND
Saturday, October 6 3PM-5PM Cedarville UMC
Saturday, October 13 12-2 PM St. John’s UMC, Ivyland ED
Wednesday, To be announced 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Ross Street UMC, Lancaster WD
Thursday, To be announced 6:30-8:30 PM First UMC,
Schuykill Haven ND
Thursday, October 25 6:30-8:30 PM Valley Forge Conference Office
Monday, October 29 6:30 PM -8:30 PM West Lawn UMC, Reading SD
Saturday, November 3 10-AM- 12 PM Asbury UMC, Allentown ND
Saturday, December 10 10 AM-12 PM Valley Forge Conference Office LAST
Please contact Judy to register your preference for attendance.
Sessions are two hours in length. Attendance at one session is the first step in the admission process, therefore a requirement. Registration for one session is required. If there are no registrations on a given date, the meeting will be cancelled.
All admissions materials and requirements will be reviewed at the session. Admission materials (application) will not be distributed, except at the orientation sessions.
Contact Judy Ehninger, CLM Program Coordinator, with questions and further information and to register for an Orientation Session.
C 610-442-3140 firstname.lastname@example.org
christservantministries.net (link on CLM page) or EPAUMC.org Laity page
The Program Module classes 2019 will be held at the Valley Forge Conference Center unless otherwise noted. Module classes must be taken in the sequence offered. Tentative module schedule for 2019:
Module 1 May 3-4 TBA Friday evening ? and all day Saturday (? one day only)
Module 2 June 21-22 TBA Friday evening and all day Saturday
Module 4 TBA Historic St. George’s September 28 ? 2019
Module 3 TBA November 9 or 16, 2019
Class Fee per Module $100 - paid prior to beginning of each class module (plus the costs of Basic Sexual Ethics $35, Changing Racism $300, background checks, as well as travel and lodging if necessary for attendance)
The program is designed to be completed in one calendar year. (Up to three years may be allowed to accommodate individual candidates.)
Classes will be offered at the EPC Office, Valley Forge, unless otherwise indicated. Attendance is required at an orientation session to begin the admission process.