Congratulations to all the Wesleyan District Certified Lay Minister candidates for finishing their four module, face-to-face, classroom course of instruction on Saturday! There are also several candidates who are completing their coursework online.
“We started this journey in March 2018, and, equipped with God’s grace, we finished with a renewed spirit, an expanded view of, and love for, what we do on a daily basis, and learned that the strength of the connection is much greater due to our common experiences, our love of God, our individual insights, and our time together sharing our lives and ministries,” said CLM Instructor Jim Minutelli.
Laity in church leadership and ministry have long been part of the lineage of the United Methodist Church and CLMs are called and equipped to conduct public worship, care for the congregation, assist in program leadership, develop new and existing faith communities, preach the word, lead small groups, and/or establish community outreach ministries as part of a ministry team with the supervision and support of an ordained clergy person.
Our Wesleyan DistrictSuperintendent, the Rev. Mary Ellen Finegan, expands on this view to say that “the movement from being an Assigned Supply serving a local church/charge to becoming a CLM serving is a wise move. The CLM’s will have far more training than the AS’s had, which will give them a better understanding of the United Methodist Church and how to serve as a pastor, if asked to do so.”
She further states that she believes “the CLM training is an excellent way to prepare those lay persons who feel the call of God upon their lives to be in ministry, but do not feel a call to become ordained or licensed pastors. God calls us all and God will raise up leaders to serve Christ and the church!”
To become certified, candidates must undergo a screening process and coursework, and must be reviewed and re-certified every two years.
The next step for these candidates is to appear before the Wesleyan DCOM in December, then have their files reviewed by the WV Conference for final approval.
If you see John McQuain, Vickie Bowen, David Bowen, Jim Morgan, John McQuain, Mina Luzader, Jack Jenkins, Amy Morrow, Trudy Carowick, Gary Evans, Elsie Smith, Anita Fouts, Josie Tenney, Mike Hinkle, Jim Short, Penny Gage or Gary Sokol, congratulate them on a job well done!