What is 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 of a clergyperson, but who often serves the church in many other ways. Paragraph 272 in the 2004 Book of Discipline, authorized by the 2004 General Conference, explains Certified Lay Ministry, requirements and service distinction. Our Book of Discipline tell us that a CLM.

  • Is an extension of the historic role of laity in Methodist environment.
  • Is trained, supported, supervised and accountable for leadership in his/her context.
  • Can be assigned by the bishop and cabinet as an appropriate leaders in a smaller church or faith community.
  • Has the support and supervision of a clergyperson.
  • Can make a real difference in the vitality of a congregation that otherwise may be discontinued for lack of a pastor.


Steps to becoming Certified Lay Minister (CLM)



Martin Methodist College

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Pulaski, TN 38478