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Contact Associate Director for Lay Leadership Development - Laura Witkowski

The Social Principles of The UMC are a prayerful and thoughtful effort of the General Conference to speak to the issues in the contemporary world from a sound biblical and theological foundation.

The Ministry of the Laity

As baptized Christians, we are all called to carry out the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:18-20 – to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Laity have been instrumental in the growth of The United Methodist Church since its beginning, and were called to lead congregations between visits of the circuit-riding clergy. Today, that tradition continues in successful congregations, where the partnership of the clergy and laity leads to vibrant missions and ministries.

Each month, this page will have a highlighted resource.

Laity called to...

The Board of Laity considered this call of the laity. Click here to check out their responses!

What is a Disciple? What does a Disciple look like? What does it mean to be a Disciple?

The Board of Laity considered these questions. Click here to check out their responses!

Conference Lay Leader

Annette Erbes

District Lay Leaders

Central Bay: Denny Wissinger
East Winds: Bonnie Potter & Cynthia Rossman
Greater Detroit: Ruby Anderson & Ken Dowell
Greater Southwest: Wynne Hurlbut
Heritage: John Seppanen
Mid-Michigan: TBD
Midwest: Deb Hodges
Northern Skies: Rick Gregg
Northern Waters: Beth Pelkey

2022 Michigan Annual Conference

Thursday, June 2 to Saturday, June 4 | Grand Traverse Resort, Acme, MI

All laity registered for the 2022 Michigan Annual Conference received an email with the connection link and Bingo card link. Registration is not required. If you did not received and email and should have, please email Laura at

The Michigan Conference Board of Laity will be offering two opportunities for a lay member to annual conference orientation on Saturday, April 30 from 9 to 10 AM EDT OR Thursday, May 19 from 7:30 to 8:30 PM EDT. The two dates include duplicate information and so it’s only necessary to attend one of them. Pick the time that works for you!

Members of the Board of Laity will give a quick presentation on what you need to know for Annual Conference (AC) and then open it up for questions. Topics include:

  • the purpose of AC,
  • the role and responsibilities of the lay member to AC,
  • terminology,
  • procedures,
  • and more!

Our time together will be informal, fun and informative! Registration is not required.

You are invited if this is your first time attending AC or if you just need a refresher.