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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.

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.

Laity called to...

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

Conference Lay Leader

Annette Erbes

District Lay Leaders

Central Bay: Denny Wissinger & Dawn Levey
East Winds: Cynthia Rossman
Greater Detroit: Ruby Anderson & Ken Dowell
Greater Southwest: Lori Roof
Heritage: Rick Gorham
Northern Skies: Rick Gregg & Beth Pelkey
Western Waters: Wendy Clark

Laity Perspective: Christian Innovation

The Board of Laity welcomed Kimberly R. Daniel to share her insights during the Laity Perspective: Christian Innovation at the Michigan Annual Conference 2023.

Kimberly has over 15 years of experience leading communications efforts at non-profit organizations and has helped to catalyze faith-driven entrepreneurs to do good.

phot of Kimberly DanielKimberly currently serves as senior director of communications at the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE). FTE is a leadership incubator that inspires young people to make a difference in the world through Christian communities. She is also a co-founder of DO GOOD X, an initiative that provides a community and an accelerator for underrepresented Christian entrepreneurs whose businesses focus on social impact. Kimberly is co-author of A Way Out of No Way: An Approach to Christian Innovation (FTE Books, 2022), an award-winning book selected by the Publishing Professionals Network for its design.

As the daughter of a United Methodist Church pastor and a teacher, Kimberly is energized by inspiring people to align with their purpose and to make a positive impact in communities with their God-given gifts and talents. Kimberly holds a Master of Arts in arts and business administration from Savannah College of Arts and Design and a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Coastal Carolina University.

Laity Perspective Materials

The video to the right is of Kimberly's Laity Perspective: Christian Innovation presentation given on Friday, June 2, from the 2023 Michigan Annual Conference.

Click HERE for Kimberly's slide presentation.

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!

Last Updated on September 15, 2023

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