Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation LAY LEADER/ LAY MEMBER 2013-2016 Connecting Your Congregation and Your Annual Conference CALLED TO A MINISTRY OF FAITHFULNESS AND VITALITY Leadership in Vital Ministry The Church’s Vision Assessing Your Efforts The Mission of the UMC OUR PRIMARY TASK ¶ 243 The Book of Discipline CALLED TO SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP By virtue of our baptism Ministry vs. “ a job” THE UNITED METHODIST BOOK OF DISCIPLINE THE ROLE OF LAY LEADER LAY LEADER/LAY MEMBER Interpreting actions and programs of the annual conference and the general church Communicating the vision and needs of the local church to the annual conference and general church LAY LEADER RESPONSIBILITIESPARAGRAPH 251- 2012 BOOK OF DISCIPLINE Advocacy Modeling Discipleship Building awareness Recognize and celebrate the ministry of the laity Meet with the pastor Serve on various committees Assist the church council Continue to study Inform the laity of educational opportunities Representing the Laity MODELING DISCIPLESHIP WESLEYAN CLASS MEETINGS The Holy Club FOSTER THE MINISTRY OF THE LAITY Building Awareness Recognize and Celebrate the Ministry of the Laity Laity Sunday – Third Sunday in October Laity Sun poster RECOGNIZE AND CELEBRATE THE MINISTRY OF THE LAITY Recognize lay speakers Promote service opportunities RECOGNIZE AND CELEBRATE THE MINISTRY OF THE LAITY Recognize ministries in daily life MEET WITH THE PASTOR REGULARLY Re: State of the congregation Needs for ministry Prayer for each other NEW WAYS TO WORK; SHARED MINISTRY No ministry is subservient to another Sent by Christ to live and work together - clergy and laity Guiding congregation through change Covenant for Leadership GUIDELINES FOR DIALOGUE WITH YOUR PASTOR Listen Be courageous Don’t be defensive Be honest and kind SERVE ON COMMITTEES Charge Conference Church Council Finance Committee Lay Leadership Committee Staff Parish Relations/ Pastor Parish Relations Committee CONTINUOUS STUDY ASSIST THE COUNCIL Ministry Beyond the Walls and Windows DISTRICT AND CONFERENCE LAY LEADERS Your counterparts and leaders on a district or conference level REFLECTION The UMC: A “Connectional” Church Purple Street Church is not just any church, It’s a United Methodist Church…. Courtesy of UMCOM …and it’s part of the District… Courtesy of UMCOM …which is part of the Annual Conference… Courtesy of UMCOM …which is part of the Jurisdiction… Courtesy of UMCOM …which is part of the United Methodist Church, which is really… …a global church, with conferences and members in Africa, Europe, and the Philippines. Courtesy of UMCOM RESPONSIBILITIES AS LAY MEMBER OF ANNUAL CONFERENCE Participate in all sessions and vote Report to the congregation Interpret actions taken at annual conference Serve on Church Council, SPR/PPR, and Finance Committee ANNUAL CONFERENCE – TWO MEANINGS Geographic area with assigned bishop. The annual meeting of lay and clergy members of the geographical area (Annual Conference Session) PREPARING FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE Study Attend district meetings Understand the process The Book of Discipline Discuss issues PARTICIPATE DURING ANNUAL CONFERENCE Attend laity sessions Participate in all other sessions Listen Worship Attend Bible study Explore JOURNALING: Reflections about; Proceedings Discussions Worship Special ceremonies Music SERVE AFTER ANNUAL CONFERENCE Share information Celebrate the opportunity and accomplishments GENERAL CONFERENCE 2016 Portland Oregon- May 10-20 JURISDICTIONAL CONFERENCE Held after General Conference Delegates elected with General Conference Delegates Election of bishops Other Jurisdictional business REFLECTION IMPROVING YOUR LEADERSHIP Servant Leadership Spiritual Disciplines Accountability Spiritual Gifts Lay Servant Ministries Christian conferencing Communication Skills Leading Change Evaluating Your Leadership SERVANT LEADERSHIP Mt. 20:25-28 The United Methodist Book of Discipline Part IV. Sections III. - V. SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES Means of Grace Prayer Searching the Scriptures Holy Communion Fasting Christian Conferencing Worship Devotions Works of Piety and Mercy Spiritual Disciplines “O begin! Fix some part of every day for private exercises..Wheth er you like it or no, read and pray daily. It is for your life; there is no other way: else you will be a trifler all your days.” John Wesley THE UNITED METHODIST RULE OF LIFE The General Rules First: Do no Harm Second: Do Good Third: Attend upon all the Ordinances of God (Means of Grace) “To form the Savior in the Soul” ACCOUNTABLE/COVENANT DISCIPLESHIP SPIRITUAL GIFTS “Each one of us has received a special gift in proportion to what Christ has given.” Ephesians 4:7 LAY SERVANT MINISTRIES Inform congregation about Lay Servant Ministries Encourage participation Keep track of courses taken by lay servants Help lay speakers find ways to use their skills LEARNING & LEADING Most Lay Servant Ministries courses can be used as short term studies for ALL members of the congregation! CERTIFIED LAY MINISTERS Additional training beyond Lay Servant Ministries Assigned by District Superintendent Serve with a mutual ministry team Certified by District Comm. on Ordained Ministry More Info: www.gbod.org/laity/clm [email protected] CHRISTIAN CONFERENCING/LEADING MEETINGS Tithing Your Time Discernment “to see to the heart of the matter with spiritual eyes” CONSENSUS Creates cooperative dynamic Mutual Invitation “Do unto others……” INCLUSIVITY COMMUNICATION SKILLS Listening LEADING CHANGE Necessary for growth APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY – A NEW WAY OF THINKING Philippians 4:8 WHAT IS APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY?? A way of seeing and creating Offers a different reality Forsakes the “deficit model” CONFLICT AND MEDIATION From PROBLEMS To POSSIBILITIES IDENTIFYING AND PREPARING POTENTIAL LEADERS Passing the Baton EVALUATING YOUR LEADERSHIP REFLECTION TAKE AWAYS Set up times for regular conversations with your pastor- including prayer covenant Plan to change the format of meetings to Christian conferencing Find ways to encourage members in their Ministry in Daily Life – help them recognize their work as ministry- explore ways to recognize this in the church MORE TAKE AWAYS Consider a recognition service for those serving on committees- including those who are rotating off Find ways to stay connected and informed on the larger church Find ways to be in ministry beyond the walls Establish a pattern of spiritual disciplines and join or form an accountability group – Teach about the General Rules in your congregation “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life…” Philippians 2:14-15 COPYRIGHT “Lay Leader/Lay Member” Copyright © 2013 The General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church, PO Box 340003, Nashville TN 37203-0003. 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