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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 held over a Friday and Saturday, in mid-August annually, at the Roslyn Retreat Center in Richmond, VA. 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. The Board of Ordained Ministry pays for your lodging and meals. You only need to provide for your travel to Richmond. If you have a scheduling conflict, please discuss this with your district superintendent.

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