The heart of the Lay Leader is the congregation. Communicating with the congregation is key.
When our kids were young they often used me, the mom, as a communications tool with their dad—a go between when they were a little unsure of their dad’s response to whatever it was they wanted. I was also their advocate and representative. It could get a little silly at times—something like this:
Mom and Dad are standing in the same room as the child. The child says, “Mom will you ask Dad if I can skip my chores this week?” I’ve just got too much else to do. Mom turns and communicates this request to Dad, with some added flourishes of thoughts about how childhood should be enjoyed, etc. Dad says to Mom, “No.” Mom turns and explains to the child your Dad thinks you need to learn responsibility and how to manage your time efficiently so the answer is no. There is almost always some argument at that point. Huffiness when the edict did not change, joy and gratitude when it did. But always, at its heart, is Mom interpreting and advocating for the respective sides.
That is part of the job of Lay Leader. The Lay Leader has a role and responsibility to serve as the primary advocate and representative of the laity in the congregation (see excerpt below from the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church). The Lay Leader encourages all laity to be involved and heard by the ministers, staff, and leadership. In turn, the Lay Leader will interpret and inform the congregation, when needed, about information and decisions of the Charge Conference, Church Council, Finance Committee, Nominations and Development Committee, Building Committee and Staff-Parish Relations Committee.
There is so much more. In the future I plan to talk to you about how the Lay Leader, the congregation and the ministers can partner with each other to fulfill the mission of Central United Methodist Church. In the mean time, do you have questions? Are there things you want to know about certain decisions that have been made? Are there comments you would like to make, concerns for the good of our church you would like to have passed on to ministers and leadership? As your Lay Leader I am your communications tool. Please feel free to comment below with any questions or comments you may have.
Click below to view an excerpt on the responsibilities of a Lay Leader from the 2012 United Methodist Book of Discipline.
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