2023 refreshed CLM training pilots google classroom module

December 22, 2022 | by Selby Ewing

2023 refreshed CLM training pilots google classroom module


California-Nevada's next Certified Lay Minister (CLM) training cohort convenes January through May of 2023. It will include a refreshed curricular design and a hybrid course module incorporating google classroom software to house course resources and deliver e learning. 

Our training programs are seeing unprecedented growth, and google classroom will help streamline and simplify processes for participants, allowing the conference team to offer more opportunities to more people.

Over the 5 month course of training participants will meet virtually and in person.  3 in person retreats are spread across the course and  google classroom's google meets will provide the virtual meeting space in between the retreats. 

Senior Administrative Assistant Amanda Garcia did much of the groundwork research and implementation in building google classroom for the CLM course. She shared that a simple Gmail email account is required to utilize the google classroom platform for the CLM training. She said, "All of the coursework, handouts/materials & a space for virtual meetings/trainings are contained in our classroom space, so participants will be able to keep up with course work in a simple and seamless fashion.
Onboarding new technology is not the only upgrade for the CLM program.

Interim Associate Director of CLM & Lay Church Planting Coordinator April Sousa shared that the refreshed California-Nevada Conference CLM Program is intended to train and equip laity to fulfill their calling through a training that will allow participants to practice what they learn for their specific context.  Participants will complete the program equipped to continue their education in specialized areas, such as church planting, children/youth ministries, Caring ministries, and so much more.  

Sousa said, "The program has been reimagined this year through the assistance of a Certified Lay Ministry task force members made up of laity including Micheal Pope, conference lay leader, Sandra Hardin, lay member of Annual Conference;  pastors  Betty Weiser, Tevita Koroi, and Jeffry Holder: district superintendent Blake Busick; and Conference Staff including Mary Cheng and myself. The task force was affirmed by the Lay Leadership Development Board."  

Is this a calling for you?

The Book of Discipline describes the CLM this way: The certified lay minister is "called and equipped to conduct public worship, care for the congregation, assist in program leadership, develop new and existing faith communities, preach the word, lead small groups, or establish community outreach ministries as part of a ministry team with the supervision and support of a clergyperson.” (2016 BOD ¶268.1)

Reach out to April Sousa or Amanda Garcia for more information.


Selby Ewing is Director of Communications at the California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church.