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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: TBD
East Winds: Bonnie Potter & Mike Schlusler
Greater Detroit: Ruby Anderson & Ken Dowell
Greater Southwest: Wynne Hurlbut
Heritage: Max Waagner
Mid-Michigan: Nona Spackman
Midwest: Suzanne Hewitt
Northern Skies: John Preston
Northern Waters: Denny Olin

Annual Conference 2019 Report to Your Local Church

Bold and Effective Leaders Wisdom Heart Courage

Helpful Tips and Articles for Your Report

Maybe you didn't get the word that part of the responsibility of being the Lay Member to Annual Conference is to report back to your local church. No worries! There's no correct way to do it.

    • The most important thing is to share information with your congregation about your experience.
    • Check out this article, Why Your Church Needs Annual Conference Reports
    • Use the recap video produced by Michigan Conference Communications, show above and link here:
    • Be sure to do it as soon as possible.
    • It doesn't need to be long.
    • Start with what you liked best about it. Try to tell them a story about an interaction you had with another person. Tell them how you felt the Spirit and where you saw God throughout the 4 days.
    • Be sure to tell them what was voted on and what the results were.
    • And remember if you give the report during worship, you may have visitors that day!
    • Below are helpful Annual Conference daily reports and summary articles that may help in your preparation. 

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