What is a Certified Lay Ministry?
(See ¶ 271, 2012 Book of Discipline)

In order to enhance the quality of ministry to small membership churches, expand team ministry in churches and in deference to an expression of the gifts and evidence of God’s grace associated with the lay ministry of early Methodism, the certified lay minister is to be recognized and The Certified Lay Minister (CLM) shall preach the Word, provide a care ministry to the congregation, assist in program leadership and be a witness in the community for the growth, missional and connectional thrust of the United Methodist Church as a part of a ministry team with the supervision and support of a clergyperson.

The CLM may help lead the congregation in various ways.  Each CLM and Staff Parish Relations Committee will create a covenant defining the ways in which the CLM shall serve as well as the responsibilities of the congregation.  Each CLM will be assigned to a supervising Elder who will assist the CLM and the SPRC as needed.  The CLM may serve as part of a staff or may be the only pastoral leader assigned to a small membership charge.

The CLM remains a lay person and does not have sacramental privileges.  The Supervising Elder works with the CLM to provide the sacraments to the assigned charge.

If you are interested in learning more about the CLM program and its requirements, please click on the link to find the Certified Lay Minister Requirements.




A Note About Psychological Testing

Psychological testing is one of the entrance requirements for those seeking to become Certified Lay Ministers.  The Board of Ordained Ministry covers the cost of the testing.  The testing will be requested by the District Superintendent after the Lay Ministry candidate has met at least once with the District Committee.  The candidate cannot initiate the request.


Certified Lay Ministry Requirements

Sample Covenant for Lay Ministers


CLM Registrar:

Mr. Ron Swift
71 Enterprise Road
Wrightsville, PA 17368

Home (717) 252-6293
Cell (717) 873-9042

Clearance Information

PA State Police Check

PA Child Abuse Clearance


Who Should I contact?

Certified Lay Minister’s Registrar – Mr. Ron Swift
71 Enterprise Road
Wrightsville, PA 17368
Home: (717) 252-6293
Cell:  (717) 873-9042


Your District Superintendent