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Welcome to the new Laity page! Lay Leadership Development will cultivating bold and effective leaders to be persons of influence in our communities and to BE disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world around us.
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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.
Each month, this page will have a highlighted resource.
Meet the new Associate Director:
Read Profile in leadership - Laura Witkowski and how she wants to "get back to basics" as she launches into her role as the Michigan Conference Associate Director for Lay Leadership Development. Read her profile.
Sharing Our Faith Story
An important part of being a Christian is sharing your faith journey with others. We all have a faith journey to tell. It often includes all the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of our faith life. Maybe we haven’t told those stories enough. Maybe we instantly move to judge other people’s story and faith without checking in our own.
If this isn’t something that comes naturally to you – practice it! Write it down! Practice it again!
If you think your faith journey is too personal to tell and it’s just between you and God. It’s not.
How can you expect others to know and love Jesus if they don’t know why you do?
Not sure where to start? Check out the resources below!
Sharing Our Faith Resources
- #SeeAllThePeople – Sharing Our Faith & Reaching Out Beyond Our Walls Booklet
- What’s Your Story? by Sarah Heath
- Get Their Name by Bob Farr, Doug Anderson & Kay Kotan
- Unbinding the Gospel by Martha Grace Reese
- Sharing Our Faith Workshop – If you’re interested in having a workshop in your area, contact Laura Witkowski.