LSM Training

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Training Requirements

Certified Lay Servant (CLS)

Certified lay servants need to satisfactorily complete Discipleship Ministries Basic Course and one advanced course.

Certified Lay Speaker (CLSp)

Certified lay speakers need to have been previously certified as a certified lay servant and satisfactorily complete the following six Discipleship Ministries advanced courses: Leading Prayer, Spiritual Gifts, UM Heritage, UM Polity, Leading Worship and Preaching.

Certified Lay Minister

“To become a Certified Minister, you must first be a Certified Lay Servant, (See the Certified Lay Servant section above). The steps below may be used as a guide for the applicant, pastor, district and conference committees and the district superintendents for use in the initial certification and renewal of CLM candidates.

There have been several changes to the CLM program which are documented within this section. Please note that no one needs to apply to take any of the CLM classes offered, they are open to anyone.

Secondly, the educational requirements for CLM certification have changed to make CLM training more flexible, with two options. The first option utilizes the 4 Modules from Discipleship Ministries and the second option utilizes the Lay Academy for Rural Church Ministries. The 11 classes are no longer the required educational requirements to obtain CLM certification. The 11 classes are still being offered and can be used to complete coursework previously begun, or can be used to supplement the 4 Modules, or can be taken as advanced classes. The detail information regarding these changes is presented below. It is recommended you consult with your district director of LSM and district superintendent to determine the best training alternative for your particular need.

Besides the normal pastoral role of the CLM’s, they now have the opportunity with further training to specialize in the following areas: lay missioner, lay missionary/church planter, children's faith formation, men's ministry specialist, and United Methodist parish nurse. Find out more information on these ministries.

CLM initial certification requirements:
  1. The first step is to meet with your localpastor to discuss and discern your call to become a Certified Lay Minister. You must also be currently certified as a Lay Servant.
  2. The second step is to obtain from your local pastor and church council or charge conference a recommendation to become a Certified Lay Minister.
  3. The third step is to obtain a letter of recommendation from your district superintendent. (Form a mutual ministry team with an assigned elder).
  4. The fourth step is to:

Satisfactorily complete the educational requirements:

  • Module 1 (Call and Covenant for Ministry)
  • Module 2 (The Practice for Ministry)
  • Module 3 (Organization for Ministry)
  • Module 4 (Connection for Ministry)
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Preaching
-or-

Complete the Lay Academy for Rural Church Ministries CLM curriculum and

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Preaching

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

  1. The fifth step is to complete Safe Gatherings certification, Boundary Training, completed a background check and have a psychological assessment conducted. The background check and psychological assessment are handled through the Great Plains Conference registrar and the forms can be found on the BOOM forms page under CLM Certification. This information will be maintained on “UMCARES.” Check with your district superintendent for login information.
  2. Submit a completed annual report (application) to the District Committee on Lay Servant Ministries (DCLSM).
  3. Have all forms reviewed by the District Director of LSM who completes the CLM checklist for completion of steps 1-6 and submits it to the Conference Committee on Lay Servant Ministries (CCLSM).
  4. The CCLSM reviews the checklist and Annual Report (Application) for recommendation to be interviewed/examined by the District Committee on Ordained Ministry (DCOOM).
  5. Interview with and obtain recommendation from the DCOOM for Certification. The interview is scheduled through your District Registrar.
  6. Approval and Certification by the CCLSM after recommendation from DCOOM.

For those students who began under the 11-class program they may continue to do so or they may transition to the mew training program. For further information please refer to the Lay Servant Ministries guidebook.


Upcoming Courses

Stay up to date with the latest schedule of Lay Servant Ministries courses by checking back here regularly. Questions or ideas related to this section should be emailed to Mary Feit at marykfeit@windstream.net.

Books usually can be purchased via Cokesbury.com or UpperRoom.org. The coursework for the 4 Modules can be found through the BeADisciple website. The three additional classes (Old Testament, New Testament, and Preaching) may be found on the upcoming courses page. The Lay Academy for Rural Church Ministries courses can be found at larcm.org/lay-training.

 
Blue River District

March 17 (Times TBA, but 2 hours of pre-homework is required, so assume an 8-hour day) - First United Methodist Church, 14410 Folkestone St., Waverly, Nebraska

  • Basic – This course is the foundation for all courses in Lay Servant Ministries. Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, meaning rooted in consistent spiritual practices and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship. Students must purchase the book "Lay Servant Ministries," by Sandy Ziegler Jackson and Brian Jackson.
  • Polity –  What we believe about God and God’s relation to the world shapes who we are and how we organize our Church. “The Method of Our Mission,” especially written for United Methodist classes, uses a Wesleyan theological frame to help readers understand United Methodism’s principles and structure, and the relationship between our beliefs, mission, and practice. The book is arranged into four parts — United Methodist beliefs, mission, practice, and organization.
  • Multi-cultural Appointments –  This class will feature stories from pastors and laity from churches who have been blessed by people from a variety of cultures worshiping together.

Cost is $25. Registration deadline is March 12. Contact Pam Savery in the district office with questions at 402-323-8849 or via email at blueriver@greatplainsumc.org.

Download the flier and registration form.

 

Dodge City District

March 23-24 (class begins Friday at 6 p.m. and ends Saturday by 4:30 p.m.) - Camp Lakeside

  • Basic – This course is the foundation for all courses in Lay Servant Ministries. Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, meaning rooted in consistent spiritual practices and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship. Students must purchase the book "Lay Servant Ministries," by Sandy Ziegler Jackson and Brian Jackson.
  • Leading Worship – This course focuses on the ministry of the Lay Servant, who either regularly or occasionally leads a group or congregation in worship. You’ll discuss the basic pattern of United Methodist worship and will draw upon five basic principles. The course and book will explain basic resources for planning and leading worship.

Registration is required by March 16. Contact Patty Lahey with questions via email at plahey@pld.com or by phone at 620-544-9365.

Download the flier and registration form.

 

Gateway District

Feb. 23 (6-9 p.m.) and Feb. 24 (8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.) - First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 152, 1302 M St., Franklin, Nebraska 68939

  • Basic – This course is the foundation for all courses in Lay Servant Ministries. Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, meaning rooted in consistent spiritual practices and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship. Students must purchase the book "Lay Servant Ministries," by Sandy Ziegler Jackson and Brian Jackson.

Please register by Feb. 20. Cost is $20 and includes materials and Saturday lunch. Contact Dave Mendyk with questions by calling 402-380-6086 or via email at superdaveumc@yahoo.com.

Download the flier and registration form.
 

March 17 (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) - Arapahoe United Methodist Church, 701 5th St., Arapahoe, Nebraska

  • Aging and ministry in the 21st Century – A practical guide for building ministry for older adults — the elders of the church — by tapping into their wisdom, energy, experience, and talents as well as recognizing the various stages of retirement and activity. Discussion pays special attention to the needs of the Boomer generation who are now becoming the older adults who will determine the church’s path for years to come.

Participants must purchase and read the book "Aging and Ministry in the 21st Century," by Richard H. Genzter Jr. prior to arriving for class. Lunch will be at a local restaurant.

To register, call George Probasco at 308-962-7411 or 308-962-4157.

 

April 21 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) - Arapahoe United Methodist Church, 701 5th St., Arapahoe, Nebraska

  • Leading Worship – This course focuses on the ministry of the Lay Servant, who either regularly or occasionally leads a group or congregation in worship. You’ll discuss the basic pattern of United Methodist worship and will draw upon five basic principles. The course and book will explain basic resources for planning and leading worship.
  • Polity –  What we believe about God and God’s relation to the world shapes who we are and how we organize our Church. “The Method of Our Mission,” especially written for United Methodist classes, uses a Wesleyan theological frame to help readers understand United Methodism’s principles and structure, and the relationship between our beliefs, mission, and practice. The book is arranged into four parts — United Methodist beliefs, mission, practice, and organization.
  • Lay Pastoral Care – This course offers insights into the life span and the dynamics of contemporary life to help church leaders reach out with God's love and care to others. Students must purchase the book "Lay Pastoral Care Giving," by Tim Farabaugh.
  • Transforming Evangelism – This course leads participants to learn from John Wesley how to practice relational evangelism. They will discover that evangelism involves not only sharing our faith with others but also welcoming people into a community where they can grow in faith.

Download the flier to learn more, including to learn which books must be purchased and read prior to the class. Registration is due April 6.

Register for one of the classes.

 
Hays District

March 23-24 (class begins Friday at 6 p.m. and ends Saturday by 4:30 p.m.) - Camp Lakeside

  • Basic – This course is the foundation for all courses in Lay Servant Ministries. Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, meaning rooted in consistent spiritual practices and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship. Students must purchase the book "Lay Servant Ministries," by Sandy Ziegler Jackson and Brian Jackson.
  • Leading Worship – This course focuses on the ministry of the Lay Servant, who either regularly or occasionally leads a group or congregation in worship. You’ll discuss the basic pattern of United Methodist worship and will draw upon five basic principles. The course and book will explain basic resources for planning and leading worship.

Registration is required by March 16. Contact Patty Lahey with questions via email at plahey@pld.com or by phone at 620-544-9365.

Download the flier and registration form.

 

Hutchinson District

March 9 (5 to 9:30 p.m.) and March 10 (7:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) - Heartland Center for Spirituality, 3600 Broadway, Great Bend, Kansas

  • Basic – This course is the foundation for all courses in Lay Servant Ministries. Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, meaning rooted in consistent spiritual practices and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship. Students must purchase the book "Lay Servant Ministries," by Sandy Ziegler Jackson and Brian Jackson.
  • Heritage – Living Our United Methodist Beliefs – Living Our United Methodist Beliefs - This course explores the special gifts of theology, witness and organization that The United Methodist Church brings to the church universal, how we got where we are today and how our distinctive emphases are still needed in the 21st century. Students must purchase the book "Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way," by Kenneth L. Carder.
  • Justice in Everyday Life – This course looks at the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church.  Book required is “Social Principles of the United Methodist Church.”

Registration is required by March 1. The fee is $85 and covers housing and meals Saturday. Housing will be two per room and is dormitory style, with bedding and towels included. 

Download the flier and registration form.

 

Prairie Rivers District

March 23 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) and March 24 (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) - Stromsburg United Methodist Church, 401 E. 5th St., Stromsburg, Nebraska.

  • Afire With God: Becoming Spirited Stewards – This class redefines the word “stewardship” to mean more than meeting the annual budget.  “Afire With God” urges ministers and congregations to become stewards-in-action of all that God has entrusted to us. This text examines how being a good steward goes beyond one’s financial commitment and becomes the way we live out the gospel. 

The cost for this class is $10. Registration is due March 9. Download the flier and registration form. Contact Jeanie Leeper with questions at 318-894-5275 or via email at jleeper@greatplainsumc.org, or Mary Plock at 402-366-5473, or via email at mplock50@gmail.com.