Certified Lay Minister Courses

Register for classes online by clicking on the links in the course descriptions below. Questions? Contact Shane Warta at swarta@greatplainsumc.org or 785-414-4238. Your course registration confirmation email will list required and recommended texts for your class. You will be responsible for obtaining the books you need. 

The coursework for the 4 Modules can be found through the BeADisciple website. The three additional classes (Old Testament, New Testament, and Preaching), as well as others, may be found on the course schedule page. The Lay Academy for Rural Church Ministries courses can be found at larcm.org/lay-training.

Online access for courses will be sent by email at least one day prior to the start of the course.

Each course costs $75. Payment can be made online during registration, or by check.

To ensure the best possible course experience, please review the Online Learning System Requirements page.

Not sure what a certified lay minister is? Read this brochure.


Here up the upcoming 2021 online courses:


Old Testament and New Testament Two-Month Combo Course: This course helps United Methodist Certified Lay Ministers (CLM) students learn how to research an Bible passage (exegesis) using research tools (hermeneutics) that helps them write a sermon that is grounded in the Bible passage they are using to preach a sermon. This course will also teach the students to ask the deeper questions not only of their own biblical understanding, but also to lend a richer and more informed voice to their biblical teaching and preaching. Enrolling in this combined offering covers both Old and New Testament CLM courses at a discounted rate.

  • Course dates: August - September 2021
  • Old and New Testament Course Books
  • Facilitator: Richard Fitzgerald
  • Register here


Worship: The Worship course is intended to help Certified Lay Ministry (CLM) students accomplish the following

  • Understand that designing and leading corporate worship is to be guided by the Holy Spirit.
  • Gain knowledge of the elements and order of worship outlined in The United Methodist Book of Worship.
  • Understand the importance of spiritual disciplines used in designing Spirit-led worship through Scripture, prayer, contemplation, other texts, singing.
  • Develop practical applications for designing and leading thematic worship.
    • Course dates: September 2021
    • Online meetings: Class meets online each Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Central time. A high-speed internet connection and a webcam are required.
    • Worship course textbooks
    • Facilitator: Abby Caseman
    • Register here


Evangelism: Designed for United Methodist Certified Lay Ministers (CLM), this course serves as an introductory overview of the major themes of evangelism and church growth for small membership congregations.

  • Course dates: September 2021
  • Evangelism textbooks
  • Facilitator: Jeff Slater
  • Register here


Missions and Social Concerns: This course offers an understanding of United Methodist mission theology as well as some mission education program ideas and methods to pastors, lay and ordained, through a partnership with annual conference board/committee/teams on Global Ministries, with an organized opportunity for reflection on mission and mission theology from the United Methodist perspective.

  • Course dates: October 2021 (Intensive weekend session followed by online work)
  • Missions and Social Concerns course textbooks
  • Facilitator: Kalaba Chali
  • Register here


Preaching: Designed for United Methodist Certified Lay Ministers (CLM). This course is designed to help CLM students learn how to prepare a sermon that delivers the good news. This course also assumes a basic biblical knowledge and ability to exegete the biblical text. It would be helpful to have had at least the Old Testament or the New Testament class.

At the culmination of the class the student will deliver a sermon to the class, the instructor, and some well-established preachers. The student will then receive helpful feedback for their preaching.

The class is limited to a maximum of 10 students to allow plenty of time for student presentations. The goal of this class is to have preachers who can proclaim the Good News to a congregation.

  • Course dates: November 2021 (5 weeks) with a one-day face-to-face meeting; location TBA
  • Preaching course textbooks
  • Facilitator: Phyllis Provost - Saas
  • Register here