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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. 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.

The Certified Lay Minister is assigned by 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. There are four major components in the formation of these leaders with include training, supervision, support and accountability. 

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.

To become a Certified Lay Minister, see the CLM Steps to Becoming a Certified Lay Minister. For full academy details including class schedule visit: www.westohioumc.org/CLM or contact: RaNae Street, West Ohio Conference Director of Discipleship Resources at Rstreet [at] wocumc [dot] org

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 Certified Lay Ministry Academy, complete the Certified Lay Ministry application below. Deadline for submitting an application is August 30, 2015. 

2013-15 Certified Lay Ministry Academy Schedule