• Laity may be elected to serve as Lay Leaders at the local church, district, or annual conference.
• They advocate for and encourage lay ministry inside and outside of the church.
• Each serves as a connector between the local church, the district, and the annual conference working in unique ways in the area they are serving.
• Lay Leaders strive to model partnership in ministry with clergy brothers and sisters.
• A Certified Lay Minister (CLM) is a qualified United Methodist layperson called to congregational leadership as part of a ministry team under the supervision a clergyperson. Paragraph 271 in the 2012 Book of Discipline explains Certified Lay Ministry, requirements, and service distinction.
• The Certified Lay Minister 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 part of a ministry team with the supervision and support of a clergy person.
• They are neither full- nor part-time clergy, but may be assigned by the District Superintendent to serve in specific places and ministries.
A Local Church Lay Servant serves in ministries of leading, caring, and communicating within his or her home membership congregation and its community.
Lay servants serve in many ways: leading worship, working with established ministry teams or taking initiative in beginning new ministries.
Their witness, leadership, and service inspire the laity to a deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship.
A candidate must apply, be recommended by the pastor and by the church council or charge conference, and take the Basic Lay Servant Course.
A Certified Lay Servant serves in ministries of leading, caring, and communicating within his or her home membership congregation and community (where primary attention to service is expected) and may serve beyond their local church in other churches, the district or conference.
A candidate must apply, be recommended by the pastor and by the church council or charge conference, and take both the Basic Lay Servant Course and then an approved Advanced Lay Servant course.
Lay servants are equipped through advanced courses to collaborate with clergy and to grow in service to church and community.