Our theme for the 2020 Board of Laity presentation is “I’m a layperson, and I’m in ministry.”
We wanted to hear stories of personal transformation of our lay persons who are serving in mission and ministry in their local church and community throughout our conference. Our stories are rooted in these Great Truths and Biblical Mandates:
The Great Commandment: Matthew 22: 37-40
The Great Commission: Matthew 28: 18-20
The Great Requirement: Micah 6:8
The Great Connection: Romans 12:4-5
The Great Commitment: Luke 9:23
The Great Redemption: John 3:16
We asked for our laity to share their story – how God is shaping, forming, and continuing to work through our laity in their daily lives, We received over 60 submissions, stories of God using lay persons in extraordinary ways to minister to churches, congregations, and communities throughout our conference. Our Board of Laity selected eight stories to be included in this year’s report to the Annual Conference, along with reports from our conference Youth, United Methodist Women, and United Methodist Men.
Throughout the rest of this year, we will add additional stories from our laity throughout the conference. These are inspiring and heartfelt stories of people fulfilling their calling in various ways throughout our communities.