Lay Leader's Blog


You're a Lay Leader! ...Now What?

1/8/2013

When I served as Lay Leader of my local congregation, occasionally I was asked “what does a Lay Leader do?” I tried to respond as best I could, but it probably sounded a lot like “whatever the pastor asks me to do.”


Ran For a Cause

12/10/2012

Finished the marathon course. Met some really inspiring people. Raised some funds for “Imagine No Malaria”. And hopefully also raised a little awareness for the cause.


Running for a Cause

10/30/2012

This fall, a lot of people are running. Well, yes, with elections coming up there are a lot of races with people “running”.


A Vision: Spiritually Engaged Laity

9/28/2012

We’re in the first few months of a new “quadrennium” in the United Methodist Church, when conference leaders and newly- formed teams begin their work. In about 3 1⁄2 years they will be finishing, and I wonder – how will the church be different then?


Conference Reflections, with Hope

8/14/2012

It’s been several weeks since my last column, written dur- ing General Conference. Since then, we’ve completed three major Conferences for our church: General, Annual, and Jurisdictional.


GC 2012 - Thoughts from Halftime

5/8/2012

By the time you read this, General Conference 2012 will be over. Decisions will have been made, tired delegates will have gone home, and the real work of the church -- congregations of Jesus’ disciples reaching out to invite and make a difference -- will continue.


Pray for the General Conference: How about a spiritually empowered movement?

4/13/2012

“Pray without ceasing.” (I Thess. 5:17) This familiar scripture admonition is appropriate anytime – especially now as we approach the next important gathering of United Methodist leaders called “General Conference”.


Reflections on GC pre-briefing

3/5/2012

Friendly & Congenial. Focused. Spiritual (at times). Pivotal. Diverse. Seeking Leadership. Contentious (at times). Lacking a sense of Urgency for major change. Hope.


Spirit

2/1/2012

Ten Words to Remember for a Fruitful Lay Ministry: Jesus, Mission, Pastor, Field, Connect, Read, Simple, Discipline, Fruit, Spirit


Fruit

1/20/2012

Ten Words to Remember for a Fruitful Lay Ministry: Jesus, Mission, Pastor, Field, Connect, Read, Simple, Discipline, Fruit, Spirit


Discipline

1/6/2012

Ten Words to Remember for a Fruitful Lay Ministry: Jesus, Mission, Pastor, Field, Connect, Read, Simple, Discipline, Fruit, Spirit


Simple

12/20/2011

Ten Words to Remember for a Fruitful Lay Ministry: Jesus, Mission, Pastor, Field, Connect, Read, Simple, Discipline, Fruit, Spirit


Read

12/12/2011

Ten Words to Remember for a Fruitful Lay Ministry: Jesus, Mission, Pastor, Field, Connect, Read, Simple, Discipline, Fruit, Spirit


Connect

11/23/2011

Ten Words to Remember for a Fruitful Lay Ministry: Jesus, Mission, Pastor, Field, Connect, Read, Simple, Discipline, Fruit, Spirit


Field

11/11/2011

Ten Words to Remember for a Fruitful Lay Ministry: Jesus, Mission, Pastor, Field, Connect, Read, Simple, Discipline, Fruit, Spirit


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