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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?

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

Conference Lay Leaders

Anne Soles & John Wharton

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

COVID-19 Resources

The church can still be the church even when we can't be in our buildings. The laity are an important and vital part of ministry happening right now! The best thing you can do is stay connected with your congregation. Call, email, text, video chat, snail mail. We all can show up for each other in ways we never have before. Below are links to resources you can use.

Chuck Knows Church: Things We Can Do

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Chuck Knows Church is back! You remember Chuck! He’s teaming up with #SeeAllThePeople at Discipleship Ministries to share simple ideas that your church can do to help your community during this time of crisis.

During these uncertain times, we may feel isolated from one another and experiencing a sense of aloneness, but we can still provide community in Christ and fellowship in the spirit.

Watch as Chuck shows us how your congregation can turn isolation into engagement with our community.