What is Lay Ministry?

Leading, Caring, Communicating: These words characterize what lay servants do in ministry as The United
Methodist Church engages the world of the twenty-first century!

LEADING: Lay servants combine words and actions in leadership roles within their churches and

CARING: As lay servants combine words with deeds, they find ways to care for others. Some are
involved in crisis ministries, such as visiting grieving families. Lay servants share a ministry of caring
one-on-one with people in times of need and in times of joy, and show their faith by responding to
others with care–giving love and service.

COMMUNICATING: Both the Bible and Christian experience point to the importance of proclaiming
God’s transforming love for a broken world. Lay servants often fill pulpits, lead Bible studies, or
speak in you.


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