Lay Leadership

Ministry to develop and promote programs to cultivate an adequate understanding of the theological and biblical basis for ministry of the laity among the members of the churches of the Annual Conference and to offer special opportunities that will enable laity of all ages to serve more effectively as leaders in both church and community.

What is a lay leader in the local church?

What is a Lay Leader? A Lay Servant? A Lay Member of Annual Conference? A Conference Lay Minister? And how do you tell them apart?

A LAY MEMBER to Annual Conference Session, is elected by a congregation to represent that congregation at the yearly Annual Conference Session. Every recognized church is entitled to at least one lay member. Pastors are Clergy Members to Annual Conference. One can also be a lay member to Annual Conference by virtue of office, i.e., as a District Lay Leader, etc.

A LAY LEADER serves in partnership with the pastor, serves as a connection between committees, serves the congregation, and intercedes on the congregations behalf with all governing bodies, this is addressed in more detail below. A lay leader is encouraged to become a lay speaker and/or a lay member to Annual Conference Session.

A LAY SERVANT serves in ministry to the church and congregation. A local lay servant may occasionally serve in the pulpit at their pastor's request. In addition to serving occasionally in the pulpit at their pastor's request, a certified lay servant may also occasionally serve in another pulpit in their district at that pastor's or the District Superintendent's request. A certified lay speaker is a certified lay servant who has completed classes in Preaching, Prayer, Worship, Spiritual Gifts, and United Methodist History and Polity.

A CONFERENCE LAY MINISTER (CLayM) may serve in the capacity of an ordained pastor, except for the sacraments, in a congregation in the California-Nevada Annual Conference at the Bishop's and District Superintendent’s request. This position is subject to local and state legal requirements or dispensation with regard to marriage. 



2014 ACS: Laity Address
Burt Yin & Gayle Shearman
June 20, 2014