Lay Ministry & CLMs

The Certified Lay Minister (CLM) provides leadership in small membership churches and occasionally on staff in larger membership churches. The CLM preaches, provides congregational pastoral care, assists in local church leadership, and is part of a ministry team supervised by a local clergyperson. The CLM remains a layperson and does not have sacramental privileges.  The Supervising Elder works with the CLM to provide the sacraments to the assigned charge.

Guide to the Candidacy Process provides details for those seeking this track and others to provide pastoral leadership in local churches.

CLM Candidacy, Certification, and Recertification details.

CLM Check List for Candidates (NEW March 2022)

Licensing School

To strengthen and support calls to leadership in the local church, Licensing School occurs annually for those who seek to lead locally and is required of those leading beyond their local church in pastoral ministry.


Each CLM and Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) will create a covenant defining the ways in which the CLM shall serve as well as the responsibilities of the congregation.

Sample Covenant

SPRC Guidelines


For questions contact:

Certified Lay Ministers Registrar, Pastor Ron Swift,