Frequently Asked Questions About Certified Lay Ministry
1. What is a certified lay minister (CLM)?
A certified lay minister is a qualified United Methodist layperson called to congregational leadership as part of a ministry team under the supervision of a clergy person. This person enters the certification process, which includes training, support, supervision and accountability while serving in a local church assigned by the district superintendent.
2. What does it mean to be certified?
Certification is the process recognized in the United Methodist Church to prepare someone for significant service. In this case, certification provides a layperson with the training, support, supervision, and accountability needed to lead a congregation that either does not have a traditional clergy appointment or one that is developing team ministry.
Remember: Certification is intended to be an ongoing process, not an end in itself. So you could honestly say that certification take a lifetime and begins with a placement!
3. How is a CLM different from other recognized ministers?
A CLM is a unique, recognized lay servant in The United Methodist Church. A CLM is intended for the missional leadership of smaller churches as part of a team ministry under the supervision of a clergy person. As part of the historic continuation of lay leadership in our church, CLMs resemble earlier exhorters, class leaders, lay preachers, and missioners.
Specific distinctions are offered below to explain (not compare) leadership. A CLM is different from…