Ministry Options

Ministry Exploration Summits

If you are just beginning to explore your call to ministry, plan to join a New England Conference Ministry Exploration Summit. A summit is a gathering of folks in the early stages of candidacy or discernment as well as experienced Clergy and Laypersons from the different ministry paths.
Anyone interested in lay, licensed or ordained ministry is welcomed and encouraged to join one of these events. NOTE: Participation in a Summit is a requirement for becoming a Certified Candidate or a Certified Lay Minister. Participation in a summit fulfills the "Orientation to Ministry" requirement.  Summits are offered twice each year (usually January and August/September).
The next Summit will be August 2018. Please follow this link for more info and Registration Forms: Summit Info & Registration forms posted here soon!

Certified Lay Ministers (CLM)

A Certified Lay Minister is a qualified United Methodist layperson called to congregational leadership as part of a ministry team under the supervision of a clergy person.  This person enters the certification process, which includes training, support, supervision and accountability while serving in a local church assigned by the District Superintendent.

CLMs may preach the word, and guide the program ministry and mission of a congregation.  However, CLMs may provide leadership in many other contexts and have responsibility for other expressions of mission and ministry both within the congregation and in the community, district, or annual conference.

While CLMs can provide the essential guidance and pastoral leadership and services necessary for effective mission and ministry in churches, they are not intended to replace clergy, but rather to work beside them and with them as part of a team ministry.  (

CLM Requirement Checklist - Official list of requirements to become a CLM in the New England Conference.

Certified Lay Minister Course Materials

Frequently Asked Questions about Certified Lay Ministry

General Information on CLM certification



Psychological Assessments:  All persons seeking to become Certified Lay Ministers in the New England Conference will participate in a professional psychological assessment evaluation, which will include testing and clinical interviews.  A written report of this assessment will be submitted to the District Committee.  The cost of the psychological assessment is $550 and $40 to registrar on the related GBHEM website. Local church and District funds may be requested to help offset the cost. Should the cost present a financial hardship, a CLM candidate may apply to the Board for the consideration of scholarship assistance. Written requests can be mailed to Deborah Venator, PO Box 4171, Concord, NH  03302, After consulting with your DS, the BOM registrar can help you with the psychological assessment as needed.



For details and official checklists/applications for certified candidacy, licensed local pastor, and ordained ministry, please see The Candidacy Process page.


Specialized Ministries  
Local Pastors
Ordained Ministry
The website  is also a good resource about the different ministry paths in the United Methodist Church. However, keep in mind that the requirements may be slightly different in the New England Conference.

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See below for what's on the other BOM webpages:

includes information/links for:
Conference Relations (including deadlines for requesting retirement, leaves, etc.)
Local Pastors  (Course of Study, Licensing School, New Pastor Orientation)

Deacons/Diaconal Ministry/Specialized Ministries
Continuing Formation and Spiritual Growth (scholarships, MEF grants and continuing education)
Pastoral Nurture (maternity/paternity leave, release time)

The Candidacy Process
Guidelines, Checklists, Applications & Forms for:

Certified Candidacy
Provisional Membership
Full Membership
Associate Membership
includes information/links for:
Theological Education Info
Candidacy Mentoring Resources
Board Policy
Provisional Leadership Academy
Annual Report Forms
Continuing Formation and Spiritual Growth Forms

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