Applications are being accepted now for the August 29 entry for CLayM@Home, the November CLayMAway program, and for CLayMOnline, which begins in mid-August.
CLayM has undergone a title change, recently, to Certified Lay Minister program rather than Conference Lay Minister program.
According to CLayM Training Coordinator Perry Polk, when the California-Nevada Annual Conference established CLayM, 20 years ago, it was the only Conference utilizing lay ministers. In 2004, however, The United Methodist Church recognized the need and created the Certified Lay Minister designation. The Cal-Nev CLayM program has been brought into compliance with requirements of the denomination's program, which creates the possibility of certification being recognized across district and Conference lines.
CLayMAway, a two-week residential program, is the original course. CLayM@Home, a self-paced DVD study done at home (except for two weekend retreats), was added last year – and this year the online option, CLayMOnline, has been added through Pacific School of Religion (PSR). CLayMOnline will involve webinars and web conferencing and will take a year to complete.
Watch 2 min. 53 sec. video (above, right) in which Perry Polk talks about the importance of lay ministers to the denomination and to this Conference in particular.