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.
To further equip students for the courses taught in the academy, the following Required Readings are listed by event date. Students are required to read the book prior to attending class. Additonal Recommended Readings are also available to enhance learning on a specific topic or spiritual discipline.
|Required Reading for All Events|
|Event 1: September 9 – 10, 2017|
|Event 2: No Required Reading||Event 2: October 14, 2017|
|Event 3: No Required Reading||Event 3: November 4, 2017|
|Event 4: January 20, 2018||Event 4: No Recommended Reading|
|Event 5: February 17, 2018||Event 5: February 17, 2018|
|Event 7: No Required Reading||Event 7: April 21, 2018|
All courses are taught by professional instructors, seminary professors, ordained clergy, Certified Lay Ministers and ministry practitioners, who have demonstrated knowledge and experience in their presented material. In addition to our instructors, Spiritual Directors are available to assists students in their discernment process.
To become a Certified Lay Minister, see the CLM Steps to Becoming a Certified Lay Minister.
Certified Lay Ministry Academy 2017-18 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 2017 and February 2018.
To apply to be a student in the 2017-18 Certified Lay Ministry Academy, complete the Certified Lay Ministry Academy application. Deadline for submitting an application is August 15, 2017.
Once a student has completed the Certified Lay Ministry Academy and has been approved for certification, he/she may request an assignment as a Certified 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.
Currently, more than sixty 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.org.
|CLM Academy Brochure||482.15 KB|
|Steps To Becoming A Certified Lay Minister||63.21 KB|
|2017-2018 Certified Lay Ministry Application||192.84 KB|
|Background Release Form||370.39 KB|
|Pastoral Reference Form||83.86 KB|
|Ministry Peer Reference Form||83.93 KB|
|Personal Reference Form||84.12 KB|
|Certified Lay Ministry Academy Class Schedule 2017-2018||258.79 KB|
|Certified Lay Ministry Academy Attendance Policy||23.55 KB|
|Certified Lay Ministry Academy Course Evaluation||378.89 KB|
|Certified Lay Minister: Mutual Ministry Plan||64.87 KB|
|Certified Lay Minister Initial Certification Interview||56.88 KB|
|2018 CLM Requirements for Completion||641.3 KB|
|Certified Lay Ministry Academy Curriculum Syllabus||43.9 KB|
|Certified Lay Ministry Academy Instructors||954.08 KB|
|Certified Lay Ministry Academy Spiritual Directors||272.73 KB|
|Recommended Reading||1.32 MB|
|Required Reading||634.09 KB|