"Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon Earth."
John Wesley was an innovator for the kingdom of God.
Unwilling that people should perish in their sins and unable to reach them from church pulpits, Wesley began field preaching. Seeing that he and the few clergy co-operating with him could not do the work that needed to be done, he was led, as early as 1739, to approve local preachers. He evaluated and approved men who were not ordained by the Anglican Church to preach and do pastoral work. This expansion of lay preachers was one of the keys of the growth of Methodism, and this calling, to both men and women alike, remains to this day.
Equipping laity to realize and respond to their call to ministry.
LOCAL CHURCH LAY SERVANTS are to serve the local church or charge in any way in which their witness or leadership and service inspires the laity to deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship, including the interpretation of scriptures, doctrine, organization and ministries of the church.
A LAY SPEAKER is called and equipped to serve the church in pulpit supply in accordance with the 2012 Book of Discipline (Paragraph 341.1).
CERTIFIED LAY SERVANTS are to serve the local church or charge in any way in which their witness or leadership and service inspires the laity to deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship, including the interpretation of scriptures, doctrine, organization and ministries of the church.
CERTIFIED LAY MINISTER: Explore Your Call to Leadership
- Is God calling you to lead or serve in your church congregation?
- Are you interested in building a ministry team for community impact?
- Are you interested in receiving theological, cultural and practical ministry training?
The Certified Lay Ministry Academy was established for spiritual formation, community connections and academic training. Certified Lay Ministers (CLM's) are trained, equipped and certified to fulfill their unique God calling, enhance the quality of ministry to small membership churches and to expand team ministry in churches.