Roanoke District - Virginia Annual Conference
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
United Methodist Church


The Lay Leader is a local church official, elected by the charge conference, who serves as the primary lay representative of the local church.  The lay leader has specific responsibilities detailed in "The Book of Discipline".
The Committee on Lay Leadership in a local church makes recommendations to the charge conference person to serve as officers and members of the church council or board and to identify, train and support leaders in the congregation (other than paid staff).  The pastor is the chair of this committee which also includes the lay leader and not more than nine persons.
The Annual Conference Lay Member is elected by the charge conference as the voting lay delegate to the annual conference.  Lay membes may speak and vote on all items coming before the Annual Conference excpet for those items relating to ministerial membership, relationships, ordination and election of clergy delegates to the Jurisdictional and General Conferences.
A Lay Supply Pastor is a lay person appointed by the District Superintendent to serve as pastor of a local church, usually to fill a short-term/temporary need for pastoral leadership.  The lay supply pastor assumes the duties of the pastor, including specifically worship leadership, preaching, visitation, hospital visitation, funerals, charge conference reports, and teaching. An ordained elder or an ordained deacon in associate membership must be present to consecrate the elements for communion and to baptize. Licensed or ordained clergy must be present for a church wedding as well as premarital counseling and for confirmation training. Salary is provided to the lay supply pastor as negotiated with the local church and district superintendent.  As of July 1, 2005, lay supply pastors will be required to complete the requirements for being a certified lay minister or a certified candidate for licensed or ordained ministry before beginning a second of an assignment.
A Certified Lay Minister (CLM) is a new lay position for pastoral leadership in the United Methodist Church authorized by the 2004 General Conference.  The Certified Lay Minister shall preach the Word, provide a care ministry to the congregation, assist in program leadership, and be a witness in the community for the growth, missional, and connectional thrust of The United Methodist Church.  The Certified Lay Minister may be assigned by the District Superintendent to provide pastoral leadership for a local church as a part of a ministry team under the supervision of a clergyperson. A Certified Lay Speaker or a person with equivalent training as defined by his/her district or conference may be certified as a lay minister by the District Committee on Ordained Ministry after he/she has 1) local church recommendation 2) Complete Coursework recommended by the General Board of Discipleship and General Board of Higher Education and Ministry 3) Complete Coursework recommended by the General Board of Discipleship and General Board of Higher Education and Ministry 4) Apply in writing to the District Committee on Ordained Ministry and appear for review. Certificate is issued by DCOM upon completion of the process. A Certified Lay Minister is a unique servant leader different from a elder, local pastor, lay speaker or deacon. CLMs have no clergy rights or benefits.
A Lay Speaker is a professing member of a local church who is ready and desirous to serve the Church, and who is well informed on and committed to the Scriptures and the doctrine, heritage, organization, and life of The United Methodist Church. A lay speaker has completed the required training courses in lay speaking and has been approved by a district or annual conference committee on lay speaking. Lay speakers serve the local church by witnessing to the Christian faith through spoken communication, church and community leadership, and caregiving ministries. When certified, the lay speaker may conduct services of worship, preach, and lead study sessions as requested by the pastor or the district superintendent.
A Layperson is a baptized, confirmed member of a local church.