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Laity

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We're glad you're here! 

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.

Have questions?

Please contact Associate Director for Lay Leadership Development -
Laura Witkowski

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.

UMC Leadership Booklets

Do you have a specific role in your local church leadership?

Did you just get elected at your church / charge conference to be the chair of a committee? Or to be on a committee? Congratulations! Your leadership and care of the ministry of the church is valuable! Thanks for saying yes!

The UMC's Discipleship Ministries offers descriptions of nearly all the jobs and volunteer roles in The United Methodist Church. Guidelines are available for over 35+ positions and committees. Click the Local Church Leadership button above for more information.

Meet the new Associate Director: Laura Witkowski

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.