Certified Lay Ministry Academy
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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. 


In order to remain an accurate and relevant pathway for ministry, the CLM Academy is evaluated and reshaped every few years. The CLM Ministry Team is actively engaged in this process. The next Academy will be available in the first quarter of 2020. Candidates are encouraged to continue to be in prayer as they discern their call as well as be actively engaged in completing the six required Lay Ministry courses.  Candidates may submit a Certified Lay Ministry Academy application for the next Academy session. Receipt of your application will be acknowledged and information about the Academy will be sent when it is available. We look forward to sharing this journey with you!

To Become Certified 

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 Certified Lay Minister visit: or contact: Dave Boling, Certified Lay Minister Ministry Team Chairperson at dwboling [at]