Certified Lay Ministry


What is a Certified Lay Minister?

The East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church is offering the four Certified Lay Minister modules in an online format. While intended and approved for members of the East Ohio Conference, United Methodist leaders from other conferences are welcome to participate. We recommend you check with your pastor, district superintendent, or conference office to make sure these courses are approved for certification as a lay minister in your conference.  Each conference is different, and some do not accept these courses for CLM certification.

Learn more about the Certified Lay Minister program or view the CLM Brochure from the General Board of Discipleship.



Click the links for more information about each training, and scroll down to see all scheduled 2017 dates.  Each of these courses requires access to a copy of the United Methodist Book of Discipline.  Students in CLM Module 1 must have completed the Basic Lay Servant Ministries course plus a Spiritual Gifts advanced LSM course.

CLM Module 1: Call and Covenant for Ministry

  • October 2-15, 2017
  • November 6-19, 2017
  • December 4-17, 2017

CLM Module 2: The Practice of Ministry

  • October 16 – November 5, 2017
  • November 20 – December 10, 2017

CLM Module 3: Organization for Ministry

  • October 2-15, 2017
  • November 6-19, 2017

CLM Module 4: Connection for Ministry

  • October 16-29, 2017
  • November 20 – December 3, 2017


Continuing Education for Current CLMs

BeADisciple offers courses that meet continuing education requirements for those who have already been certified as Certified Lay Ministers.  These courses are taught by Dr. Joshua Reichard, who teaches our CLM modules.  These courses are approved in the East Ohio conference; if you are not in the East Ohio conference please check with your conference leadership before enrolling to ensure that they will approve these courses for continuing education credit.

IFD300 – Using the Common English Bible: A Primer

  • October 9-22, 2017
  • October 30 – November  12, 2017
  • November 20 – December 3, 2017

IFD301 – Jesus’ Abba: An Introduction to the Process-Relational Perspective on God

  • October 2-8, 2017
  • October 23-29, 2017
  • November 13-19, 2017
  • December 11-17, 2017