August 20 Called Annual Conference Session - business items now posted

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 2022


Summer Immersion Class- Brunswick, GA

June 20 - June 24

Register now


Fall Class- Vineville UMC in Macon

Sept 10, Sept 24, Oct 8, Oct 22, Nov 5, Nov 19

Register here    

Certified Lay Ministry Summer Retreat!  

Join us for a weekend away as we explore seven biblical feasts and see how they all point to Jesus!  You'll be refreshed and renewed as we feast together all weekend long with teaching, worship, fellowship and time for person prayer and reflection.  

Where:  Epworth By the Sea

Who:  Certified Lay Ministers

When: July 29, 6pm - July 30, 4:00pm


$125/person for double room (double occupancy room, three meals and supplies)
$175/person for single room (single room, three meals, and supplies)
$80/person commuter rate (three meals and supplies)

Ready to Register?

Questions?  E-mail Anne at or call 912-270-0474. 

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:


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

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Conference Office

3040 Riverside Dr., Suite A-2 - Macon, GA 31210

PO Box 7227 - Macon, GA 31209

478-738-0048 | 800-535-4224

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3040 Riverside Dr., Suite A-2 - Macon, GA 31210

PO Box 7227 - Macon, GA 31209

478-738-0048 | 800-535-4224

Camping & Retreat Ministries

99 Arthur J. Moore Dr - St Simons Is., GA 31522

PO Box 20408 - St Simons Island, GA 31522

912-638-8626 | 888-266-7642

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