Message from The Board of Laity

Because our top priority in these uncertain times remains the health, safety and wellbeing of all people, The Board of Laity will not be hosting the Lay Ministry Recognition on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

GNJ recognizes that we cannot predict the timeline for this unprecedented virus, therefore we will not be rescheduling the Laity Ministry Recognition as a conference event.

However, when we are on the other side of this, GNJ will be in contact with those laity and their pastors. GNJ will mail award certificates, a ministry banner, and liturgy to use in the local church setting.

We will be encouraging pastors and team leaders to set aside a time in your local congregation to celebrate the exceptional work of your Lay Ministry Recognition awardees. The work and ministry of these church leaders and teams are transforming lives and making disciples of Jesus Christ.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself, or the Connectional Ministry Administrative Assistant, Beverly Karlovich , 732-359-1086.

Know we are keeping you, your families, your congregation and community in our prayers.

Grace and Peace,

Rosa Williams | Conference Lay Leader

Lay Ministry Recognition

The primary agents of God’s mission in today’s world are United Methodist lay people or laity. The ministry of the laity flows from a commitment of Christ’s outreaching love. United Methodist lay members are called to be active advocates of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Every lay person is called to be in mission. The witness of the laity, their Christ-like examples of everyday living and their sharing of their own faith experiences of the gospel is the primary evangelistic ministry through which all people will come to know Christ and the way United Methodists can fulfill their mission to make disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world.

United Methodists are called to serve in their homes, work, the local community and the world. The laity role is that of a servant who models the love of Christ by example and the local church is where our labor is constant in witnessing and sharing our faith experiences of the gospel in many different ways. The Laity Board has developed a system that honors our laity and celebrate their ministry through Lay Ministry Recognition Awards.

Lay Ministry Recognition Awards honor creativity and innovation in transforming lives and making disciples of Jesus Christ. To nominate someone in your congregation, please complete the nomination form. The Laity Board will choose nominees to be recognized.

We invite you to come and celebrate with us the work of those people whose faith journey has been exemplary in our midst.

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