The Board of Lay Ministry is the elected lay leadership of the Annual Conference. It therefore represents and is accountable to the Annual Conference. Its greatest contribution is through interaction with all facets of church life and work. The Board of Lay Ministry must live within the system of budget appropriation and accountability set by the administrative function of the Conference.
The Discipline (¶631) is clear that the Board of Lay Ministry shall have responsibility for the following:
These are all action verbs that would suggest that the Board of Lay Ministry will be “doing something” rather than just “meeting”. We will exert leadership by focusing on ¶631 and our objectives. These functions will be taken seriously at the district laity level also.
Board of Lay Ministry Mission: To enable lay persons to be in mission and ministry in all aspects of life, making a positive difference for Jesus Christ in our communities and world.
Conference Lay Leader Vision: To mobilize the laity through their Spiritual gifts to become the hands and feet of Jesus Christ, going out into their communities and the world to witness and serve.