Is God Calling You to Christian Ministry?

The Holy Spirit gives to every baptized Christian a place in the church, the Body of Christ. Some among us are called to be clergy, professional spiritual leaders of the church, who are trained and set apart with licensing or ordination to serve and evangelize the world through the local church.  If you think God may be calling you to be a pastor or other church professional, this page will link you with the information you need.

Helpful Documents

Disciplinary Paragraphs on the Candidacy Process

 District Committee on Ministry

Rev. Ann Champion, Chair
Rev. Florene Scott, Vice Chair
Rev. Jennifer Seder, Registrar 
Barbara Leonard, Secretary

Certified Lay Minister

In order to enhance the quality of ministry to small membership churches, expand team ministry in churches and in deference to an expression of gifts and evidence of God's grace associated with the lay ministry of early Methodism, the certified lay minister is to be recognized and utilized.    (taken from The 2008 Book of Discipline)
In order to become certified as a lay minister, one must be a certified lay speaker (or have successfully completed licensing school or one year of seminary studies); have the approval of your pastor and charge conference; complete all four modules of the training; receive the approval of your district superintendent and district committee on ministry; attend continuing education events and be re-certified every two years by the district committee on ministry.

Modules for Certified Lay Minister Training

To download the training material click on the module name.  The documents are pdf files. 
Module 1: Call and Covenant                                                                   Module 2: Practice of Ministry
Module 3: Organization for Ministry                                                      Module 4: Connection for Ministry