Have you ever asked yourself "Could God be calling me to use my gifts to lead in mission and ministry?"
What is a Certified Lay Minister?
A Certified Lay Minister (CLM) 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.
A person wishing to become a CLM enters the certification process, which includes training, support, supervision, and accountability to the District Committee on Ordained Ministry. CLMs are laypeople serving out their call as disciples of Jesus Christ. They are neither full- nor part-time clergy.
Why do we have Certified Lay Ministers?
According to ¶271 of the 2012 Book of Discipline, we have certified lay ministers in order to:
What does a Certified Lay Minister do?
Our Book Of Discipline tells us that a CLM:
If you are interested in becoming a CLM, pray to discern God's will in your life. Reflect on questions like these:
If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, consider becoming a Certified Lay Minister and experience what it is like to be faithfully alive to the possibilities of leading the mission and ministry of a church today as part of a ministry team. Talk with your pastor or district superintendent to explore the process. Complete the training. Dedicate yourself to this task.
May God bless you as you make yourself available for this call!
See paragraph 271 of The Book of Discipline.