Following God's Call

Scripture rests on a pulpit at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church in Baltimore, MD.  Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Principled, visionary and effective leaders help United Methodists grow in faith and in sharing God’s love with others.The church is focused on inviting and preparing people to become clergy and lead the church in world-transforming ministry.

The early Methodist movement grew through the efforts of laity who led small groups, taught Bible study and provided outreach ministry. Developing strong lay leaders is another important component of creating a church engaged in the work of making disciples.

The Rev. Qianli Jiang delivers the sermon during worship at Mu’en Church in Shanghai, China. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.
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How We Serve

Explore Your Call to Ministry

If you feel that you are being called into ministry, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry has several resources to help guide you.

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Laity wrote and sent a letter to the United Methodist bishops expressing concern about the composition of a special commission on A Way Forward on Oct. 16, Laity Sunday. The word laity is used to describe members of a congregation or parish who are not a part of the clergy.
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How We Serve

Ministry of the Laity

Learn how you, as a lay member, can proclaim the Good News and reach out to others in love.

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Explore Your Call

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