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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.
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What is a Disciple? What does a Disciple look like? What does it mean to be a Disciple?
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Conference Lay Leaders
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: Nona Spackman
Midwest: Deb Hodges
Northern Skies: John Preston
Northern Waters: Denny Olin
Spiritual Gifts Discovery
This month feature is Spiritual Gifts!
Brothers and sisters, I don’t want you to be ignorant about spiritual gifts... There are different spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; and there are different ministries and the same Lord; and there are different activities but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. A demonstration of the Spirit is given to each person for the common good. A word of wisdom is given by the Spirit to one person, a word of knowledge to another according to the same Spirit, faith to still another by the same Spirit, gifts of healing to another in the one Spirit, performance of miracles to another, prophecy to another, the ability to tell spirits apart to another, different kinds of tongues to another, and the interpretation of the tongues to another. All these things are produced by the one and same Spirit who gives what he wants to each person. - 1 Corinthians 12:1, 4-11
What could be enhanced in your ministry if you only knew your spiritual gifts?
Where does God need you to use your gifts?
Using your gifts, what ministry does God need you to activate right now?
What is a spiritual gift?
A spiritual gift is a special ability given by God to build up the body of Christ, the church, and for the fulfillment of the wholeness of each member.
Why does it matter? The gifts you have been given are not just for your own benefit. Their purpose is to bless the entire Body of Christ. When you discover and use your spiritual gifts, amazing growth can take place for everyone in the congregation.
Spiritual Gifts Assessment
The Lay Leadership Development team recommends the Spiritual Gifts Inventory provided by Discipleship Ministries. You can access that inventory here. It can be downloaded to print and distributed to your congregation. This resource will unlock your church's potential, help your congregation discover their gifts, get people connected to the right ministry and empower people to know how God has equipped them.
Spiritual Gifts Discovery Workshop
What happens when you give someone a gift and they don’t use it? You feel bad, right? That’s what sometimes happens with our God-given spiritual gifts. This workshop will help you understand, discover and share your spiritual gifts! We’ll look at what the Bible says about spiritual gifts, help you begin the process to discover and use your spiritual gifts in a meaningful way for you.
To schedule a Spiritual Gifts Discovery Workshop in your area, contact Laura Witkowski.
*People need to have the opportunity to take the Spiritual Gifts Discovery tool prior to workshop.