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Certified Lay Ministry Academy: Explore Your Call to Leadership

  • Is God calling you to lead or serve in your church congregation?
  • Are you interested in building a ministry team for community impact?
  • Are you interested in receiving theological, cultural and practical ministry training?

The Certified Lay Ministry Academy was established for spiritual formation, community connections and academic training.  Certified Lay Ministers (CLM's) are trained, equipped and certified to fulfill their unique God calling, enhance the quality of ministry to small membership churches and to expand team ministry in churches. 

There are four major components in the formation of leaders offered through the Certified Lay Ministry Academy. These include training, supervision, support and accountability. Click here to learn about the Certfied Lay Ministry Academy Syllabus which includes a short description of each course and the spiritual disciplines that are practiced to further deepen the student's faith walk.

All courses are taught by professional instructorsseminary professors, ordained clergy, Certified Lay Ministers and ministry practitioners, who have demonstrated knowledge and expreience in their presented material.   

To become a Certified Lay Minister, see the CLM Steps to Becoming a Certified Lay Minister.  

The 2015-16 Certified Lay Ministry Academy Class Schedule 

Certified Lay Ministry Academy 2015-16 fee is $600, plus required course texts.  Two hundred dollars ($200) must accompany the application. The following months require $200 payments to fulfill the total of $600: November 2015 and February 2016.

To apply to be a student in the 2015-16 Certified Lay Ministry Academy, complete the Certified Lay Ministry application below. Deadline for submitting an application is August 30, 2015. 

Once a student has completed the Certifed Lay Ministry Academy and has been approved for certiifcation, he/she may request an assignment as a Certfiied Lay Minister (CLM) from the District Superintendent to provide Lay Servant leadership in a ministry or in a church for significant service in a wide variety of mission fields and settings.

Certified Lay Ministers preach the Word, provide care for the congregation, assist in program leadership, and serve as witnesses in the community to further the growth, mission and connectional thrust of the United Methodist Church as part of a ministry team with the supervision and support of a clergy person. Certified Lay Ministers preach the Word, provide care for the congregation, assist in program leadership, and serve as witnesses in the community to further the growth, mission and connectional thrust of the United Methodist Church as part of a ministry team with the supervision and support of a clergy person.

Currently, more than seventy Certified Lay Ministers are leading his/her ministry team or serving within the West Ohio Conference in areas such as: small membership church assignment, prison ministries, medical clinics, congregational care, youth ministries, community outreach, mission and justice, preaching, diversity ministries and many others.

For full Certified Lay Ministry Academy details or for more information in becoming a Certfied Lay Minister visit: www.westohioumc.org/CLM or contact: RaNae Street, West Ohio Conference Director of Discipleship Resources at Rstreet [at] wocumc [dot] org