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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.

“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:

  • 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.  


SPRING 2020: 6 course session - OPEN
The Chapel, Brunswick  
Register here

Feb. 1 - 9am-6pm
Feb. 15 - 9am-4pm
Feb. 29 - 9am-3pm
March 14 - 9am-5pm
March 28 - 9am-5pm
April 4 - 9am-12pm


SUMMER 2020: 5 course session - OPEN


The Chapel Midtown, Brunswick

Register here

June 22 - 8am-4:15pm; 6:30-8pm

June 23 - 8am-3:30pm; 6:30-8pm

June 24 - 8am-4:45pm; 6:30-8pm

June 25 - 8am-2pm; 6:30-8pm

June 26 - 8am-3pm


FALL 2020: 6 course session - OPEN

The Pointe, Leesburg

Register here

July 18 - 9am-6pm

Aug. 1 - 9am-4pm

Aug. 15 - 9am-3pm

Aug. 29 - 9am-5pm

Sept. 12 - 9am-5pm

Sept. 26 - 9am-12pm


Contact Anne Bosarge at for more information.



Certified Lay Ministry Participants: Upload your assignments here!


MMT Covenant -


Discipleship Meeting Sign-In-

Sermon Notes-

Spiritual Rule of Life-

Care Ministry Log-


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


North Central:



South Central:


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