Lay Leader's Blog


Focus In, Focus Out

6/9/2010

The Laity address at Annual Conference was titled "Focus In, Focus Out".  One idea presented is that Bishop Schnase's new book, along with the Conference theme of "Growing Deeper", reflect a rhythmic sense of balance in the spiritual life:  Focus In on loving God, Focus Out on loving others.  It's like breathing.


Wesley's "First" Sermon - Salvation by Faith

5/26/2010

Wesley’s sermon “Salvation by Faith” was listed first when he organized all his sermons. Its message is a foundational principle of Christianity: by God’s grace we are saved through faith. How can we as leaders better understand, articulate, and apply this doctrinal standard today?


Wesley -- Plain Truth, focused on the Bible

5/2/2010

John Wesley presented Christianity as "plain truth for plain people" that could improve people's lives.  He considered the Bible as authoritative in determining that truth, the primary source for Christian belief and life.  Can we, as leaders in today's church, do the same?


What is a Methodist?

4/17/2010

John Wesley described a "Methodist" as, essentially, one who loves God and neighbor.  And as a person who pursues holiness of heart and life.  What does this mean for us as lay leaders today?


Recalling Our Roots

3/24/2010

Recalling John Wesley's life and faith is a key part of revitalizing our church and our leadership.


Welcome to the Lay Leader Blog!

3/17/2010

Insights, ideas, and thoughts from the Missouri Conference Lay Leader, along with readers' comments. 


Serenity in Conflict

3/11/2010

Leaders face disagreements and conflict at some point.  Focusing upon the main objective and keeping emotions in check are vital.  We must trust God to grant Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom in leading through the conflicts.


Being There

2/5/2010

Have you ever wanted to be in two places at one time? Or even three places? Most of us who serve in leadership positions feel that way a lot.


Perspective - What is God’s Agenda at AC?

6/9/2009

Perspective – What’s God’s Agenda at AC?


Easter witness in a doubting world

4/24/2009

Easter witness in a doubting world


You're a Lay Leader! ...now what?

3/23/2009

You're a Lay Leader! ...now what?


Church on the Mountain

3/6/2009

Church on the Mountain


What is "leadership"?

9/19/2008

Leadership  is primarily about one thing -- influence.  A good definition of leadership is this: the capacity to influence people toward a positive outcome.


General Conference 2016 -- Our Delegation Begins Preparing

Have you been wondering what our Missouri Conference delegates to the 2016 General Conference and Jurisdictional Conference have been doing since they were elected in June?                  Well, even though the conferences are still months away (General Conference in May, Jurisdictional in July), they’ve already spent a lot of time preparing.  In fact, the full delegation of 28 people (14 lay and 14 clergy) have met three times in Columbia and several attended a jurisdictional briefing in ...


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