Are you called to Certified Lay Ministry? Do you feel a call on your life to serve outside of the walls of the church in cooperation with ordained clergy? Are you called to lead discipleship programs, accountability groups, or even to help serve small membership churches? If you are currently a Certified Lay Servant and secure approval as outlined below, you are eligible to enroll in CLM 101: Call and Covenant for Ministry and begin a four module learning process that leads to Certified Lay Ministry!
Module One: Call and Covenant for Ministry examines United Methodist theology and ordering of ministry, along with the role of the Certified Lay Minister and other leadership concerns. Alongside fellow students, you will discover how CLMs “fit” into the big picture of ministry in the United Methodist Church and through conversation with your fellow students, you’ll begin the process of discerning your own call.
This course requires the formation of a Mutual Ministry Team consisting of the CLM learner, the CLM’s pastor mentor, the lay leader within the CLM’s church, the district superintendent or designee, and three to five others from the local church. We strongly recommend that this team be recruited prior to the start of the course in order to meet the course objectives including the completion of a ministry covenant assignment. One-on-one meetings with your pastor mentor are also required to meet the learning objectives during this module.
- Learners must have completed the Basic Lay Servant Ministries course plus (either Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts, For the Common Good: Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts or locally). Please do not enroll in this course if you have not completed these requirements. Contact your conference office for upcoming Basic courses near you; Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts or For the Common Good: Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts is available online.
- Beginning April 1, 2024, before participating in CLM101, all learners must
- enroll before 5:00pm central time on the Wednesday before the course begins
- ask their pastor/mentoring pastor AND District or Conference LSM director to email the BeADisciple registrar at email@example.com, giving their permission for the enrollee to participate in the course.
- Official permission must be received by the registrar before noon Central time on the Friday before the course begins or the enrollee will be withdrawn and the course fee refunded.
Those enrolling in the session are encouraged to seek approval as mentioned above in order for the course objectives to be met.
In addition to Blackboard interactions, 2 required Zoom meetings will be held. The first one will be on the first Monday or Tuesday of the course and the second one will be on the last Thursday or Friday of the course. The date and time will be available when the course begins and there will be an alternative assignment for those who cannot attend.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
The CLM Downloadable Resource for Module One will be available within the course.
Past Students Said…
“I liked hearing about others call to ministry and how even though many of our callings are similar, many are very different. Each one is using their talent in carrying out God’s call on their lives.”
“I learned how to approach being a CLM, how to engage with clergy about being a CLM and some roles and responsibilities of a CLM.”
“There was a lot of emphasis placed on understanding and writing a covenant that will be used for clarification and understanding between the congregation, DS, pastor and certified lay minister. Module 1 immersed us in the importance of communicating and working with the above mentioned people/group to arrive at a workable covenant.”
“I felt that I was challenged and put to work and not just held out in an anonymous online class.”
“I learned how to be fair in my duties, expectations, and in forming a new work team.”
“I think the thing I learned most was that ministry isn’t just the job of the pastor but that everyone can be involved in some forms of ministry. It takes a village.”