Lay Leadership Development
The Indiana Conference invites lay persons interested in developing their skills and becoming better apt to step into a leadership role in their local church or ministry to partner with the Indiana Conference for resources and guidance that best fits your needs and vision of faith, spiritual, and leadership development.
ALL GOD’S PEOPLE IN ALL PLACES, AND IN ALL TIMES, ARE CALLED TO LOVE AND TO SERVE -Ministry of the Laity
The mission of The United Methodist church is to “Make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” We make disciples as we:
- proclaim the gospel, seek, welcome and gather persons into the body of Christ;
- lead persons to commit their lives to God through baptism by water and the spirit and profession of faith in Jesus Christ;
- nurture persons in Christian living through worship, the sacraments, spiritual disciplines, and other means of grace, such as Wesley’s Christian conferencing;
- send persons into the world to live lovingly and justly as servants of Christ by healing the sick, feeding the hungry, caring for the stranger, freeing the oppressed, being and becoming a compassionate, caring presence, and working to develop social structures that are consistent with the gospel; and
- continue the mission of seeking, welcoming and gathering persons into the community of the body of Christ. (¶ 122, 2016 Book of Discipline).
The ministry of the laity flows from a commitment to Christ’s outreaching love. Lay members of The United Methodist Church are, by history and calling, active advocates of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Every layperson is called to carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18 – 20); every layperson is called to be missional. The witness of the laity, their Christ-like examples of everyday living as well as the sharing of their own faith experiences of the gospel, is the primary evangelistic ministry through which all people will come to know Christ and The United Methodist Church will fulfill its mission. (¶ 127)
The ministry of all Christians in Christ’s name and spirit is both a gift and a task. The gift is God’s unmerited grace; the task in unstinting service….Entrance into and acceptance of ministry begin in a local church, but the impulse to minister always moves one beyond the congregation toward the whole human community. God’s gifts are richly diverse for a variety of services; yet all have dignity and worth. (¶ 129)