CLM Module 1.4: Ministry – UMC Past and Present


Module One: Call and Covenant for Ministry

Purpose: To provide a basic overview of the call to ministry, theology, and ordering of ministry in The United Methodist Church; to explain the role of Certified Lay Minister; to support the formation of a Mutual Ministry Team for learning and leading in the congregation; and to develop a ministry covenant to guide mission.

Learning Goals. At the end of this module, the participant will be able to:

  • discuss ministry in The United Methodist tradition and its various expressions,
  • demonstrate the diverse forms and distinctions of ministry and how they relate,
  • describe and discuss spiritual gifts and their use in shared ministry with the church and community,
  • write a mutual ministry covenant and
  • present it to the congregation or ministry setting for acceptance.


I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.

DISCIPLESHIP PATHWAYS (Equipping Tracks): Today, Wesley/England, the American frontier.

  • GBOD = … stop fixing the church … open the doors and see all the people.
  • Key to this movement of the Spirit is the concept that conversion happens in the midst of Christian conversation, that rather than an us-against-them approach, people come to faith in the midst of Christian community. The primary evangelistic strategy of the 21st century is the establishment of new faith communities that invite people to experience the grace of God through the practice of the Christian spiritual disciplines, through hands-on experiences of mission and ministry, and through the celebration of the Christian life in worship. (Craig Miller, NextChurch.Now, 6.)
  • A faith community is created when a worship experience is tied to a discipleship system. A worshiping group without a discipleship system is not a faith community; it is simply a place to worship God. A faith community intentionally creates settings that link worship to discipleship and spiritual formation. The primary purpose of this community is to reach out to new people to offer them experience of the grace of God that can transform them into disciples of Christ. (Ibid.)
  • CPM/T4T Bible Study Method:
    S. What does it Say?
    O. What does it say that I need to Obey?
    W. Who needs to hear this?

CLM: the LTR of Ministry. (Long Term Relationship)
1. Laity … Sent and Serving.
2. Team … Mutual Ministry Team
3. Rules … Covenant, policy, guidelines.

The Purpose of the Church – 89% vs 11% (Win Arn, quoted in The Purpose Driven Church)
Choice A: The purpose of the church is “to meet the spiritual needs of me and my family”
Choice B: The purpose of the church is “to save the lost and fulfill the Great Commission”

Mark 1:32 That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. 33 And the whole city was gathered together about the door. 34 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. 35 And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed. 36 And Simon and those who were with him pursued him, 37 and they found him and said to him, “Every one is searching for you.” 38 And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also; for that is why I came out.” 39 And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.

John 20:19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Three layers of ministry: fill in the blanks.

  1. It’s not about ____________. (Maintenance: Y______)
  2. It’s not about the _________. (Missional: O________) Mark 1:32-39
  3. It is about ______ and _____. (Meaning: J________) John 20:19-23

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 1.4, Reviewed: 2-19-22.

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