United Methodist Laity
Laity Sunday Is October 16, 2011
Laity Sunday 2011
Adapted from Interpreter September 2011
"Disciples Transforming the World – through Gifts" is the theme for Laity Sunday 2011. Oct. 16 is the day set for this year's observance to celebrate the ministry of all Christians as their lives are empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Writing on this year's theme, Sandy Jackson, director of ministry of the laity for the General Board of Discipleship, encourages thinking beyond giving money when considering one's gifts. "Think about the value of your spiritual gifts," she says. "Think about the wide reach and effect of those gifts on the world!"
Read Jackson's full article and find Laity Sunday worship resources, bulletin covers, inserts and posters CLICK HERE.
Last Updated (Friday, 09 September 2011 19:00)
Equipping The Saints To Lead
Equipping The Saints To Lead
Identifying and developing church leaders is as old as Ephesians 4 and as new as a Starbucks barista helping laypeople embrace new ministries.
A growing contingent of United Methodist clergy and laity cite Paul's declaration in Ephesians to guide their ministry with others in the congregations.
The apostle wrote, "The gifts (Christ) gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." Ephesians 4:11-12 (NRSV)
"We are attempting to equip pastors for equipping," says the Rev. Sharon Schwab, superintendent of the Indiana District in the Western Pennsylvania Conference, "That's not really what pastors are trained to do." Schwab cites Ken Blanchard's leadership and management material as a major influence.
"Equipping" is also heard frequently in conversations about leadership with the Rev. Derek Jacobs and the Rev. Troy Bowers.
"Our staff has really bought into this vision of moving from being a pastor-centered or staff-centered church to being an equipping-centered church," said Bowers, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Salina, Kan. "At staff meetings we challenge each other: ‘Are you being a doer of tasks or a developer of people?'"
Last Updated (Friday, 09 September 2011 18:59)
Basic Layspeaker Course
The Connecticut District Layspeaker Committee
has announced the dates for the 2011 Basic Layspeaker training.
Six Saturdays from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
September 24, October 8, 15, 29; November 5 & 19
UMC of Waterbury 250 Country Club Road Waterbury, CT 06708.
For Details and Registration form Click Here
Last Updated (Tuesday, 06 September 2011 22:26)
Final Study of Ministry Report
Commission Members Outline Final Study of Ministry Report
Last Updated (Wednesday, 17 August 2011 01:31)
9 Tips To Deal With Conflict In Your Church
9 tips to deal with conflict in your church
From United Methodist Communications
SUMMARY: Whenever minds meet, the potential for conflict arises. As church leaders, you may have been involved in or witnessed the clash of differing opinions or views. Conflict is inevitable, but it can be managed. Use these tips yourself or with others in your church.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 17 August 2011 01:08)