Certified Lay Ministry Training

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.

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:

  • Worship
  • Discipleship
  • Preaching and Teaching
  • Congregational Care
  • Communication
  • Organizational and Personal Leadership
  • United Methodist Connection

During the training, participants will develop a team of leaders and support system within their current congregation who will encourage them throughout the course and beyond. Participants will also 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.

Modules Covered:

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.  

Certified Lay Ministry Classes 2023

Winter Class- Jesup First UMC in Jesup

Jan. 21, Feb. 4, Feb. 18, March 4, March 18, April 1

Register here    

Summer Immersion Class- Brunswick, location TBD

June 19-23

Register here

Fall Class- Perry UMC in Perry

Sept. 9, Sept. 23, Oct. 7, Oct. 21, Nov. 4, Nov. 18, 

Register here  


Certified Lay Ministry Participants: Upload your assignments here!

MMT Covenant - https://sgaumc-reg.brtapp.com/MutualMinistryTeamCovenant

Discipleship Meeting Sign-In- https://sgaumc-reg.brtapp.com/MMTDiscipleshipTeam

Sermon Notes- https://sgaumc-reg.brtapp.com/SermonNotes

Spiritual Rule of Life- https://sgaumc-reg.brtapp.com/SRL

Care Ministry Log- https://sgaumc-reg.brtapp.com/CML

DCOM application forms (please choose the correct form for your district):

Coastal: https://sgaumc-reg.brtapp.com/CLMInterviewFormCoastalDistrict

North Central: https://sgaumc-reg.brtapp.com/CLMInterviewFormNorthCentralDistrict

Northeast: https://sgaumc-reg.brtapp.com/CLMInterviewFormNortheastDistrict

Northwest: https://sgaumc-reg.brtapp.com/CLMInterviewFormNORTHWESTDistrict

South Central: https://sgaumc-reg.brtapp.com/CLMInterviewFormSouthCentralDistrict

Southwest: https://sgaumc-reg.brtapp.com/CLMInterviewFormSouthwestlDistrict

DCOM CLM Recertification form (all districts, required every 2 years): 


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