The first CLM Class certified in 2014.
Since then, there have been 11 classes, training 119 CLM's. As of August, 2022, there are 49 Certified CLMs serving in all aspects of their local church or assigned to a small church.
The CLM Program consists of application, training, certification and recertification. Through this process of training, accountability, and encouragement, it is assured that the CLM has been equipped with the tools be in ministry with their congregation and equipping pastor.
The CLM Program is a “Called” ministry that is in covenant with a team, from the local church, that develops a “we” ministry. CLM's enhance the quality of ministry through their spiritual gifts, training and continued accountability.
The New Mexico Conference Board of Laity is the oversight body that ensures each CLM is equipped and accountable to serve in the local church in programs, outreach, worship and caregiving.
Training Pre-Requisites: Membership for 2 years in same local UMC church, Completion of application with all required documents and $50 fee with application, $50 per training session (submitted to Conference Office prior to training weekend) or $350 total CLM Applicant.Participants must attend ALL sessions to receive session certificate, NO makeup sessions.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.