What is a United Methodist? What is the history of the United Methodist Church?
How is the greater church organized? Who are United Methodists? What do United Methodists believe?
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Certified Lay Ministers
A certified lay minister (CLM) is a certified lay servant, certified lay missioner (or equivalent as defined by his or her central conference), who is called and equipped to condust public worhsip, care for the congregation, assist in program leadership, develop new and existing faith communities, preach the Word, lead small groups, and/or establish community ministries as part of a ministry team with the supervision and support of a clergy person. CLMs enhance the quality of local ministry, expand team ministry in other churches or charges; and use spiritual gifts as evidence of God’s grace, as with lay ministry in early Methodism. If you feel God could be calling you to be part of a ministry team, consider if you could serve your congregation or a nearby one in need of lay leadership, and if you are willing to explore this form of leadership in the UMC. Talk with your pastor or district superintendent to explore this process.
Where Our Conference Stands on the Traditionalist Plan
After the Special General Conference of the UMC adopted the Traditionalist Plan, our Bishop and Cabinet (the District Superintendents) distributed the letter below stating that the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church would stand in defiance of the General Conference and continue to comply with the Board of Ordination’s policy. I realize we are all anxiously waiting to find out what happens next and that there is a great deal to be decided. But I thought this might give you some idea of where the New England Annual Conference stands.
Open Spirit Task Force
In anticipation of decisions at the Annual Conference, the Open Spirit Task Force (OSTF) is gathering information on where we stand on the way forward. Please see the OSTF letter explaining this process, and view the chart below which allows opportunities to express your views. There is also a list of meetings available for more information and the opportunity to share views.