Laity have long been an integral part of Methodist ministry. Lay leaders, lay speakers, and lay missioners have served the church almost since its inception.
Certified Lay Ministers (CLMs) typically provide ministry in part-time or volunteer roles in a variety of formats including conducting public worship, caring for the congregation, assisting in program leadership, developing new and existing faith communities, preaching the Word, leading small groups, and establishing community outreach ministries. Congregational Development and Connectional Ministries have partnered to offer a training opportunity to help laity deepen their leadership skills and gain practical, hands-on experience.
“The Certified Lay Minister program is designed to offer a good foundation to anyone who wants to be a stronger leader in their church,” said Dr. Nita Crump, Director of Connectional Ministries. “Everyone assigned to a church as Lay Supply is encouraged to participate, and we hope all other church leaders will consider it.”
Participating in the CLM program will make any lay person a stronger leader in their church, she said.
The coursework includes holistic ministry training covering the following topics:
- Preaching and Teaching
- Congregational Care
- Organizational and Personal Leadership
- United Methodist Connection
In this 6 session course (see dates below) held at The Pointe, Leesburg, Ga., participants will develop a team of leaders and supporters within their current congregation who will encourage them throughout the course and beyond. Through the classes, they’ll build relationships with other South Georgia lay leaders and learn, practice, implement, share, and be inspired to take what they’ve learned and put it into action.
- Module 1- Call and Covenant for Ministry
- Module 2- The Practice of Ministry
- Module 3- Organization for Ministry
- Module 4- Connection for Ministry
The cost for the class is $300 per person, which includes lunch, snacks, and curriculum materials for the entire course.
The Pointe, Leesburg
Sept. 12 - 9am-6pm
Sept. 26 - 9am-4pm
Oct. 10 - 9am-3pm
Oct. 24 - 9am-5pm
Nov. 7 - 9am-5pm
Nov. 14 - 9am-12pm
Contact Anne Bosarge at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.