Lay Leadership

The charge of this committee is to identify, develop, deploy, evaluate, and monitor Christian spiritual leadership for the local congregation.

Lay Leadership Guidelines- PDF


As stated in the Book of Discipline, there shall be elected annually, by the charge conference in each local church, a committee on lay leadership that is composed of professing members of the local church.   Members of the committee shall engage in and be attentive to developing and enhancing their own Christian spiritual life in light of the mission of the church.

In conducting its work, the committee shall engage in biblical and theological reflections on the mission of the church, the primary task, and ministries of the local church.  It shall provide a means of identifying the spiritual gifts and abilities of the membership.  The committee shall work with the church council, or alternative administrative bodies, to determine the diverse ministry tasks of the congregation and the skills needed for leadership.

The committee on lay leadership shall serve throughout the year to guide the church council, or alternative structure, on matters regarding the leadership (other than employed staff) of the congregation so as to focus on mission and ministry as the context for service; guide the development and training of spiritual leaders; recruit, nurture, and support spiritual leaders; assist the church council, or alternative structure, in assessing the changing leadership needs.

The committee shall recommend to the charge conference, at its annual session, the names of people to serve as officers and leaders of designated ministries of the church council, or alternative administrative body required for the work of the church and as the law of the church requires or as the charge conference deems necessary to its work.