The history of the United Methodist Church is one of laity being equipped and sent into ministry to fulfill a calling from God. These ministries historically ranged from class leaders to lay preachers and exhorters. Today they include a variety of ministries within local churches, plus lay speakers, lay missioners, lay ministers, part-time local pastors and full-time local pastors.
I believe that the quality of these lay ministries are crucial for the future of the United Methodist Church. These resources for district and conference lay speaking programs are based on the research for the Doctor of Ministry project in disciple making and organizational change available on this website. I pray that these resources will be helpful to lay speaking programs everywhere.
This page is under construction and will include material from the Mississippi River District Lay Speaking program as well as my own work. David Kueker