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Professional Lay Ministries

Click on the links below for more information in each area. 

Lay Supply Minister & Certified Lay Minister Guidelines(pdf)
Certified Lay Minister (pdf)
Professional/Paraprofessional Certification (Web page)   
Information on becoming a Certified Candidate for Ministry

Lay Supply Orientation – The Virginia Conference Cabinet and Board of Ordained Ministry require an orientation for all new persons assigned as lay supplies (ie. laity who serve as pastoral leaders for congregations). This is mandatory for all lay supply ministers in the Virginia Conference. This orientation is conducted through asynchronous video segments and synchronous Zoom meetings, along with a mentoring component. If you are a continuing lay supply and have not attended previously, or if you are a first time lay supply minister, you are expected to attend this event. Members of the Cabinet facilitate the orientation sessions and funding is provided through the Board of Ordained Ministry. If you have a scheduling conflict, please discuss this with your district superintendent.
2020 Lay Supply Orientation Agenda
July 6 — Session 1: Orientation to Ministry 
July 27 — Session 2: Preaching 
August 10 — Session 3: Pastoral Care 
September 14 — Session 4: Administration 
Time for all Sessions: 6:30 – 8:30 PM Eastern Time
Contact ClergyExcellence@vaumc.org for the Zoom meeting information.

You are also encouraged to check out the information and training opportunities offered through Lay Servant Ministries