Certified Lay Ministry

The Certified Lay Minister Program has evolved and developed to reflect the particular “flavor” of the New Mexico Conference. We now have 97 Certified Lay Ministers trained and 56 actively serving. 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 on CLM teams at their local churches filling various duties within the church.

Contact: Kathy Jewell, Conference Director for Certified Lay Ministry, 915-474-3968 or kpjewell7676@gmail.com

Individuals interested in becoming a Certified Lay Minister must follow a process that will ensure that they are well-prepared to lead in ministry. CLM Process Chart

CLM Retreat – August 18-20, 2022 at Sacramento 

Retreat starts at 2:00 pm on the 18th and ends at 2:00 pm on the 20th.  Registration is $50 paid to Sacramento.

The guest speaker will be Beth Estock Discernment Journey: Learn how to listen to and be guided by your innate wisdom so that you can navigate life with grounded confidence. Over time and with practice, discernment can become a natural orientation to a life lived from a place of freedom and joy.  Participants are encouraged to read Beth’s book, Discernment: Holy Living Practices prior to the retreat.

Offerings: Safe Sanctuaries classes, Basic and Train the Trainer with Rev. Kevin Johnson
Continuing Education Class, “See All the People”, David Teel of Discipleship Ministries
CLMs receive a CE for attending the retreat.

For information on lodging and meal options: Sacramento Info Packet

Reservations: Contact Molly at 575-687-3414 or sacramentocamp.org.

The Certified Lay Minister Training Schedule for 2022.  Scheduled for Fridays, 6-9:00 pm MT & Saturdays, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm MT.  All classes via ZOOM.
Dates: March 4-5, April 22-23, June 3-4, July 15-16, August 26-27, October 7-8, November 18-19

2022 CLM Training Registration Form  Download and print for signatures and information

Training Pre-Requisites:

  • Membership for 2 years in same local UMC church, prior to application
  • Completion of application with all required documents
  • $50 fee with application
  • $50 per training session (submitted to Conference Office prior to training weekend) or $350 total
  • CLM Applicant must attend ALL sessions to receive session certificate, NO makeup sessions.

For Discipleship Ministries Laity Resources, Click here.

To remain certified, CLM’s must take an advanced Lay Servant training course every 3 years and submit an annual report to their local charge conference.