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Certified Pulpit Supply


You can see the full certification pathway, from Launching Lay Ministry to Certified Lay Minister, in this document.

Certified Pulpit Supply, meant for people who want to deepen their understanding of – and skills for – ministry and/or become prepared to provide pulpit supply. If you feel called to preach outside of your home church, either occasionally or on a regular basis, the courses listed under the Certified Pulpit Supply are required. Note that the courses listed under Launching Lay Ministry should be completed first.

Leading Worship and Corporate Prayer

Description: This course focuses on the ministry of the layperson who either regularly or occasionally leads a group or congregation in worship. It will explain the basic pattern of United Methodist worship within the broader context of Christian worship.
Format: Online, on-demand via the Absorb learning platform
Availability: Coming to Absorb in Spring 2023

Preaching

Coming to Absorb in Spring 2023

Biblical Interpretation

Coming to Absorb in Spring 2023

United Methodist Heritage and Theology

Coming to Absorb in Spring 2023

Those who take the courses listed under Launching Lay Ministry and Certified Pulpit Supply will be interviewed by their district lay ministry team.

If approved as Certified Pulpit Supply, you will meet with your district lay ministry team at least every two years, unless you're under assignment to a local church. If you're under assignment to a local church, you will meet with the district committee on ordained ministry every year. In all cases, you will be required to complete continuing work as determined in your interview. This could be a course, coaching or mentorship.

If you feel called to preach and lead a congregation as a layperson, learn more about what it means to become a Certified Lay Minister.