Laity Training


Conference Director of Lay Servants – tbd


John Milholland, Albuquerque District Director of Lay Servants

Jane Sutherland, Clovis District Director of Lay Servants

Frances Gonzales, El Paso Sub-District Director of Lay Servants

Jody Wallin, Odessa Sub-District Director of Lay Servants


Lay Servant Ministers please note:  The 2004 General Conference determined that for a Local Church to be current, their Certified Lay Servants must maintain an active status by completing a course or facilitating a course every 3 years.

For additional information contact: Pastor Frances Gonzalez,  915-240-1783 or

Lay Servant School
April 20 – April 21
Basic Lay Speaking Course – Bonnie Hardesty
Discover your Spiritual Gifts – Eileen Utton
Lord, Teach us to Pray (taught in Navajo) – Roger Tsosie
Registration deadline – April 4th.

For more info, call Eileen Utton at 575-386-7476

$65 – FUMC, 1105 N. First Street, Bloomfield, NM 87413

Nursery available upon request

Lay Servant School – July 20 – July 21
First United Methodist Church, Albuquerque
Cost: $45 for materials and food
Registration Deadline: July 6, 2018
Faculty: Rev. Bonnie Hardesty, Rev. David Okerberg, Rev. Melissa Madara, & Rev. Jon Moore
Contact for information: John Milholland, (505) 980-7494,

ABQ July Lay Servant Registration Form

Homiletics Workshop – The art of sermon preparation & preaching

Who: CLM’s, Pastors, Local Pastors, Supply Pastors, Lay Servants. Material valuable to anyone.
-Exegetical practices & study techniques to prepare sermons
-Basics of writing 4-page sermon based on research & reflective insight
-Practice of spiritual discipline – prayer, lexio devina, Christian service & how observance helps structure of a sermon
-Receive feedback on short sermon
-Learn effective strategies for communicating with Leadership Teams.
Details: There is no cost but a love offering will be taken. The evening times are 6-9:00 pm. The day times are 9 am-3:30 pm. Participants need to attend both days. CEU credit for CLM’s & Lay Servants.
Dates & Locations:
April 27-28 – Riverstone Church, Farmington
June 22-23 – FUMC-ABQ
May 4-5 – FUMC-Roswell
May 18-19 – FUMC-Odessa
June 1-2 – Western Hills UMC- El Paso
Instructors: Rev. Joe MacDonald & his wife, CLM, Cazandra MacDonald. They bring a wealth of experience; Joe finishing his D.Min with an emphasis in Homiletics & Cazandra delivering a TED Talk and speaking across the country on behalf of the hemophilia community.
Registration: contact Cazandra at 575-405-0768 or If you are leaving a message or sending an e-mail, please indicate that you are interested in registering for the Homiletics Workshop.


Rev. Pamela Rowley, Conference Facilitator for Certified Lay Ministry

575-522-8220 or 575-642-8559

CLM Training & Continuing Education Opportunities

New Mexico Conference now has 60 Certified Lay Ministers serving faithfully. A new training class for CLM will start this September and will be offered in Odessa & Las Cruces.  For more information, please contact Rev. Pamela Rowley, Conference Coordinator for Certified Lay Ministry, at 575-522-8220 or 575-642-8559. Please return required documentation to Pam at: University United Methodist Church, 2000 Locust, Las Cruces, NM 88001.

Required Documents:
  • Letter of Recommendation from your local Pastor (Must hold a membership in a UMC.)
  • Certificates of Completion of Basic & one Advanced Lay Servant Courses
  • CLM Registration Form 2017-18
Training at Asbury UMC-Odessa

  • Sept. 8-9
  • Oct. 14-15
  • Nov. 10-11
  • Jan. 12-13
  • Feb. 9-10
  • March 9-10
  • April 13-14
Training at University UMC-Las Cruces

  • Sept. 22-23
  • Oct. 14-15
  • Nov. 10-11
  • Jan. 12-13
  • Feb. 9-10
  • March 9-10
  • April 13-14
Fridays: 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Saturdays: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
CLM trainees must attend ALL Module trainings.

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