Greetings Lay Servants, Lay Speakers and CLMs,
Ephesians 4:32 CEB
Be kind, compassionate and forgiving to each other, in the same way God forgave you in Christ.
Annual Conference 2023 is behind us. It was so good to be in person! I am grateful for Zoom and other platforms for keeping us connected to each other and to the church, but there is nothing like smiles and hugs and sharing stories with each other!
On another note, our District Directors and I noticed the absence of more than a few Annual Reports for 2022. If you were one of those who did not turn in a report because you were unable to take the required advanced course to remain certified, the Conference Committee on LSM wishes to offer grace to you to renew your certification. After all, there were very few courses even offered between 2020-2022!
Conditions of recertifying without starting over will be on an individual basis and include:
- Approval of your District Director.
- An Annual Report for 2023 and forward is a MUST.
- Advanced course must be completed and noted on your Annual Report to your Charge Conference in 2023, no later than 2024.
Spread the word to your friends who may not have turned in a report.
I am excited about the future of the United Methodist Church. Lay Servant Ministries needs to be more diligent than ever in educating and equipping the laity of the church to assist our clergy in making disciples of Jesus Christ.
I hope to see all of you (in-person or online) at our annual Laity Event, “Hope in Resurrection” on Aug. 12 at Aldersgate UMC in Carrollton. Click here to register. A viewing link for those registered as online will be sent Aug. 10.
Blessings to you all,