|Kim Hudgins||Rev. Craig Murray||
Ernest Craig - Co-Chair
Kay Haugen - Chair
|Jaye Masters||Mary Williams||
At the 2016 General Conference legislation was passed changing the designations of the Lay Servant program. Below are the various categories of Lay Servants along with descriptions and requirements for each.
A Lay Servant is a professing member of a local church or charge who is ready and desirous to serve the Church and who is well informed on and committed to the Scriptures and the doctrine, heritage, organization, and life of the United Methodist Church and who has received specific training to develop skills in witnessing to the Christian faith through spoken communication, church and community leadership and care-giving ministries. An applicant must be active in the support of the local church or charge. For more specific information on the duties and responsibilities of a Lay Servant, refer to paragraph 266 of the 2016 Book of Discipline.
The Bishop's Emerging Leaders of North Georgia (BELONG) program had a great pilot year even in the midst of a global pandemic, and this year’s planning team is excited to launch a second cohort in fall 2021.
The goal of BELONG is to connect and equip laity for leadership, both in the work we are already called to and that which we can’t yet predict. As United Methodists, we know our denomination is living with tension and facing an unknown horizon. How do we prepare ourselves to show up, pay attention, and cooperate with God? How do we meet this moment with compassion, competence, and insight about where we have already been?
BELONG focuses on building an effective toolkit for leadership based in spiritual practice and centered on knowledge of church history, theology, and polity; connection with other lay people; engagement in justice and restorative practices; and spiritual formation and leadership development.
If you would like to participate, visit the application form:
If you would like to suggest a lay person who should receive an invitation to apply, visit the nomination form: https://bit.ly/nominateBELONG
Sponsored by Conference Board of Laity ~LUMC & ADVANCED LUMC~ are designed to strengthen the involvement of laity in the life of the church.