Conference Lay Minister Program (CLayM)

The Conference Lay Minister (CLayM) training program trains lay persons for effective and expanded service in the local church and community. It began with the intention of providing lay pastors when traditional forms of clergy service were not feasible, allowing vital churches with low income and/or membership to serve their communities.

Now, in addition to serving as solo pastors, CLayM graduates provide specialized and associate ministries. Most graduates continue to serve God through their local churches, becoming effective ministers of the Gospel.
Conference Lay Ministry Training provides an opportunity for spiritual discernment, as well as tools for worship leading, preaching, Bible study, and all aspects of local church leadership. The training empowers and equips lay people to serve God in ministry and advances the work of the California-Nevada Annual Conference in making disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

There are three ways to take CLayM training.

1. CLayMAway - a two-week residential training.
2. CLayM@Home - training via DVD.
Most of the instruction is through distance learning with approximately four months to complete the training. There will be two mandatory weekend retreats at the conclusion of each of two sessions. There are three cycles available.
  • CYCLE 1
    Session 1 July 14 - August 22, 2014 
    First Retreat August 23 and 24, 2014 
    Session 2 September 1 - October 10, 2014 
    Second retreat October 11 and 12, 2014 
  • CYCLE 2
    Session 1 September 15 - October 24, 2014 
    First Retreat October 25 and 26, 2014 
    Session 2 November 3 - December 12, 2014 
    Second retreat December 13 and 14, 2014
  • CYCLE 3
    Session 1 January 26 - March 6, 2015 
    First Retreat March 7 and 8, 2015 
    Session 2 March 16 - April 24, 2015 
    Second retreat April 25 and 26, 2015
3. CLayMTEL - online program with the Pacific School of Religion
CLayMTEL is a United Methodist extension of the PSR/TEL offering. The program is year long with new courses each month. Entry can be at anytime through the year. For more information, visit their website at

Contact the Rev. Steve Pudinski at or for more information.


For more information download:
And watch the video of Perry Polk, CLayM Program Director in the video library, Reel Witness.

To register and for further information contact:
Rev. Steve Pudinski 
Training Coordinator
Phone: 707.845.7556