Lay Leadership Resources

Lay Leadership Resources
Click here to download a pdf list of resources, including select books and studies. In addition to the resources listed below, the General Board of Discipleship offers a variety of webinars on general church leadership and spiritual formation topics as well as job-specific training. To check the list of upcoming webinars and to see archived presentations, CLICK HERE

Virginia Conference Resources:

VIDEO TRAINING:

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The Role of the Church Council Chair from VAUMC Communications on Vimeo.

Handouts from leadership training workshops through the Office of Inclusivity and Lay Leadership and Excellence:
Accessible Faith (Disability Ministry) Resource Packet (pdf)
Advocates for Inclusiveness (“Inclusiveness Is…) Resource Packet (pdf)
Church Council Resource Packet (pdf)
Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development Resource Packet (pdf)
Developing Older Adult Ministries Resource Packet (pdf)
  Here Come the Boomers Handout (pdf)
Empowering Lay Ministry Resource Packet (pdf)
Leadership Essentials Resource Packet (pdf)
Called and Trained Laity, A Resource for Local Church Lay Leaders (pdf)

Virginia United Methodist Advocate 
Official magazine for the Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church. Subscribe to print or online versions through Virginia United Methodist Communications. Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058; Phone: 1-800-768-6040, ext. 110, or (804) 521-1110; E-mail: advocate@vaumc.org

The Journal of the Virginia Annual Conference
Official record of each Virginia Annual Conference gathering, including statistical reports. Is available online (click here).
Order printed copy ($25 each) from Virginia United Methodist Communications. Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058; Phone: 1-800-768-6040, ext. 110, or (804) 521-1110; E-mail: advocate@vaumc.org


Denominational Websites and Print Resources:

www.umc.org – The website of The United Methodist Church

www.umccalltoaction.org  - The UMC Call to Action Report

www.umvitalcongregations.org – UMC Vital Congregations

www.gbod.org/laity/ - General Board of Discipleship, Laity Section (includes link to Lay Servant Ministry resources)

InfoServe:  An Information Service of the UMC. Phone: 1-800-251-8140 or connect through The UMC website:  www.umc.org > “Our World” > InfoServe

The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church
Can be purchased from Cokesbury (www.cokesbury.com or 1-800-672-1789).

The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church
Can be purchased from Cokesbury (www.cokesbury.com or 1-800-672-1789).

Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2013-2016
The Guidelines publications cover church leadership areas to connect the visions and plans of your congregation and your annual conference. Can be purchased in sets or individually from Cokesbury (www.cokesbury.com or 1-800-672-1789).

Job Descriptions & Leadership Training in The United Methodist Church 2013-2016: A Leader Development Guide by Betsey Heavner. Provides basic ministry descriptions for a wide variety of church leadership positions. Available from Cokesbury (www.cokesbury.com or 1-800-672-1789).

Interpreter Magazine
Official magazine for United Methodist laity and clergy who are actively involved in their local churches.  This is the vehicle through which local churches share ideas and learn about the church’s national and international programs and ministries. Publisher:  United Methodist Communications Inc., P.O. Box 320, Nashville, TN 37202-0320; phone 1-888-346-3862; e-mail www.interpretermagazine.org 

Websites:

Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Seminary
www.churchleadership.com

The Alban Institute
www.alban.org


 

 

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