Lay ministry is at the core of every church. There is plenty of work to do. Every job is important and every job is a personal ministry. From teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, helping in the nursery and preparing food for church receptions, to serving as liturgists, on committees, (doing) evangelism, leading Bible studies, ushering, caring for church property, handling the church’s money and the hundred other jobs that we do, the laity serve God in big and small ways. Lay Servant ministries (or Christ Servant Ministries in the Eastern PA Conference) revolve around three broad categories that combine words with deeds to serve the church and the community: Caring, Leading and Communicating. We must have laity who show compassion to all, who are trained to lead and eager to learn, and who can express their faith in Christ in meaningful ways through words and deeds.

Partially adapted from a description by Bill Knobles, Certified Lay Minister, Florida Conference, UMC (

Christ Servant Ministries

Christ Servant Ministries programs are available to United Methodists in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and provide opportunities that promote serving, training, and recognition of laity who lead, speak, and care about others. Learn more about Christ Servant Minstry and Certified Lay Ministry in our Conference at the Eastern PA Christ Servant Ministries Website.

Certified Lay Ministry

Certified Lay Ministers (CLMs) serve in local churches providing assistance to pastors. Sometimes, they are assigned by a district superintendent to provide pastoral leadership in small congregations. The idea of laity serving as lay preachers, exhorters, and class leaders goes back to the early day of Methodism. CLMs preach the Word, provide care for the congregation, assist in program leadership, and serve as witnesses in the community to further the growth and mission. They are usually a part of a ministry team with the supervision and support of a clergy person.

Certified Lay Minister Program - Class of 2023 Certification 2024

Introduction Orientation Sessions for Admission April 1, 2023: session dates, times, and locations in 2022. Contact Judy to register your attendance preference, attendance at one introduction-orientation session is required for program admission. All sessions will be held via ZOOM video conferencing, the invitation will be sent when you register for a session. PLEASE select your first and second date choices.

  • Saturday, October 8, 2022 9:30-11:30 AM ZOOM
  • Thursday October 13, 2022 6:30-8:30 PM ZOOM
  • Monday, October 24, 2022 6:30- 8:30 PM ZOOM
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2022. 6:30-8:30 PM ZOOM
  • Saturday, November 19, 2022 9:30 -11:30 AM ZOOM. Last session offered

Sessions are two hours in length. Attendance at one session is the first step in the admission process, therefore a requirement. Attendance at one session is required. All admission materials and requirements will be reviewed during the session. Admission materials (application) will only be distributed to those completing an orientation session.

Contact Judy Ehninger, CLM Program Coordinator, with questions and further information and to register for an Orientation Session (610-442-3140;

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