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 – 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:
June 22-23 – FUMC-ABQ
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

The Certified Lay Minister Program has evolved and developed to reflect the particular “flavor” of the New Mexico Conference. We now have ~60 Certified Lay Ministers serving faithfully. At this time there are six CLM persons who have answered the call and are in or have completed studies for Licensed Local Pastor. There are nine CLM’s who are temporarily filling pulpits in small churches throughout the New Mexico Conference. Numerous CLM’s are on staff or CLM teams at their local churches filling various duties within the church. 

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