CLM Module 1.2: A certified lay minister is …

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¶ 268. Certified Lay Minister— 2016 Book of Discipline

  1. A certified lay minister is a certified lay servant,
    certified lay missioner, or equivalent as defined by his or her central conference,
    who is called and equipped to
    conduct public worship,
    care for the congregation,
    assist in program leadership,
    develop new and existing faith communities,
    preach the Word,
    lead small groups,
    or establish community outreach ministries
    as part of a ministry team
    with the supervision and support of a clergyperson.

A certified lay minister is assigned by a district superintendent in accordance with ¶ 419.2.

  1. The certified lay minister serves to enhance the quality of ministry much like a class leader did in early Methodism through service in the local church, circuit or cooperative parish, or by expanding team ministry in other churches and charges. As with lay ministry in early Methodism, the certified lay minister uses his or her spiritual gifts as evidence of God’s grace.
  2. One may be recognized by the conference committee on lay servant ministries, or equivalent structure, as a certified lay minister after he or she has:
    a) been certified as a lay servant, lay missioner, or equivalent as defined by his or her central conference;
    b) obtained written recommendation from the pastor and the church council or charge conference of the local church in which he or she holds membership;
    c) completed a track of study for certified lay ministers relevant to the candidate’s assignment as defined by the General Board of Discipleship, or the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry in collaboration with the General Board of Discipleship, and the conference committee on Lay Servant Ministries or equivalent structure;
    d) received a letter of recommendation from his or her district superintendent;
    e) had all requirements for certification, including appropriate screening and assessment as defined by the annual conference, reviewed by the conference committee on Lay Servant Ministries, or equivalent structure, for referral to the district committee on ordained ministry for examination of persons who have applied in writing to be certified lay ministers and to make recommendation for certification (see ¶ 666.10). After the district committee on ordained ministry interviews the candidate, the district committee on ordained ministry will make a recommendation to the conference committee on Lay Servant Ministries for final certification by that committee.
  3. Recognition as a certified lay minister may be renewed every two years by the conference committee on Lay Servant Ministries, or equivalent structure, after the certified lay minister has …
  4. A certified lay minister may transfer certification to another district or conference …
  5. A certified lay minister is not eligible for support by equitable compensation funds or pension funds that are provided for clergy …

ONE YEAR LIMIT – – –

¶ 205. Definition of a Pastoral Charge—

  1. When a pastoral charge is not able to be served by an ordained or licensed minister, the bishop, upon recommendation of the cabinet, may assign a qualified and trained layperson, lay minister or lay missioner to do the work of ministry in that charge. The layperson is accountable to the district superintendent or another ordained or licensed minister appointed to oversee the charge, who will make provision for sacramental ministry. Upon the bishop’s assignment, the layperson will be assigned an additional clergyperson as a guide to provide support in the assignment. If the assignment is to continue longer than one year, within that year the layperson will begin the process of becoming either a certified lay minister or a certified candidate, thus coming under the care of the District Committee on Ministry. The layperson assigned is also accountable to the policies and procedures of the annual conference where assigned.

2016 Book of Discipline online source: https://www.ngumc.org/files/websites/ngumc/Book+of+Discipline+2016.pdf

This resource for teaching Module 1 of the Certified Lay Minister program of the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference is developed by David Kueker and is based on Module I: Call and Covenant for Ministry, copyright 2016 by Discipleship Resources, Nashville, TN.
CLM 1.2, Reviewed: 2-19-22.

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