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CLM Course: Introduction to Ministry 2024 (Leadership)

january, 2024

25jan(jan 25)5:30 PM15feb(feb 15)7:30 PMCLM Course: Introduction to Ministry 2024 (Leadership)(january 25) 5:30 PM - (february 15) 7:30 PM PST

Event Details


  • California & Hawai`i: Thursdays, January 25 – February 15, 2024 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM PST | 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM HST)
  • Guam & Saipan: Fridays, January 26 – February 16, 2024 (11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ChST)

Location: online (Zoom)


Cost: $75. The purchase of a book is also required.

Register by: Monday, January 22, 2024


All those seeking certification as a Certified Lay Minister are invited to participate in this course. 

This course is open to participants from all Cal-Pac districts. A minimum number of participants is required; if the class is canceled because not enough people register, registrants will be notified by email and those who have paid will be refunded. The maximum number of participants is 24.

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the call to ministry, theology, and ordering of ministry in the United Methodist Church, with an emphasis on Lay Ministry.

This course is a required course for those seeking Certified Lay Minister status. For more about Certified Lay Ministry, visit the CLM web page at This course is also open to anyone who would like to attend for self-improvement/edification purposes. For Certified Lay Speakers and Certified Lay Servants, this course can be an Advanced LSM Course, but it is not one of the six required courses for Certified Lay Speaker.

  • Attendance is required at all sessions for credit, as well as a two-hour assignment beyond the classroom, for a total of 10 hours.
  • Instructors are Dr. Erin Hawkins, Executive Director of Connectional Ministries, and Denise Serino, attorney and CLM Registrar.
  • Materials: Participants should have a copy of the following book: The Christian as Minister by Meg Lassiat (CokesburyAmazon).

Zoom information will be sent to you closer to the start date.

  • Technical requirements: To participate in Zoom meetings, participants must have a reliable Internet connection, and a laptop, tablet, or smartphone device that can download and install the Zoom app. A web or phone camera and a microphone are highly recommended, although some users may call in via phone if a mic is not available.


For questions, contact CLM Registrar Denise Serino at