LAY SERVANT MINISTRIES is a leadership development program in The United Methodist Church focused on equipping and empowering laypersons who have responded to the call of God to serve in mission and ministry.

These laypersons are called to live out their own discipleship as servants in leadership through the ministries of leading, caring, and communicating.

Within Lay Servant Ministries, a CERTIFIED LAY MINISTER serves as part of a ministry team with the supervision and support of a clergyperson and:

  • conducts public worship.
  • cares for the congregation.
  • develops new faith communities.
  • preaches the Word.
  • leads small groups.
  • establishes outreach ministries.
  • serves as a class leader.
  • assists in program leadership.
  • engages in specialized ministries after appropriate training such as in parish nursing, church planting, men’s ministry, children’s faith formation, congregational care, and more.

Certified Lay Ministers can serve within the church where they are a member or can be assigned by a District Superintendent to provide pastoral leadership as a part of a ministry team with the supervision and support of a clergyperson.

Your CLM Coordinator/Contact is:

Susie Wurth