I want to emphatically encourage every church in the Central Texas Conference to send at least two people to the Laity Summit planned for 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday June 9 (just before the start of Annual Conference 2019). Mike Ford, our outstanding Conference Lay Leader, and his team have worked long and hard to make sure we have an excellent time of worship, learning and growth. Rev. Estee Valendy one of our truly outstanding young preachers will be offering the opening message.
The focus of (need for) this event is to energize and equip the lay leadership of our local churches to more effectively partner with CTC clergy and help lead the transformation taking place throughout our conference in response to our Wildly Important Goal (WIG). Via a series of speakers, panels, discussion groups, videos, etc. participants will be sharing best practices on how laity can better partner with clergy in our efforts to make disciples of Jesus Christ, you will hear from special guest speakers about how their lives were changed (even saved) via their relationship with Jesus through the local church and much more. Plus, this is a free event with lunch provided. Much more information and detail is available at ctcumc.org/2019LaitySummit.
This gathering is open to all Central Texas Conference laity, but it will be particularly impactful for laity in leadership roles (not just the official Lay Leader nor the lay members to Annual Conference). We want and need all the movers and shakers of our local churches – those folks who are always at the front, leading whenever anything good and positive happens at their church, the community or associated with one or more of the vital ministries of their church.
Again, if you are laity, I strongly commend this event to you. And for clergy, I’m asking you, if you haven’t already, to prayerfully consider who from your church(es) should attend the Laity Summit and then ask them to register and attend this inaugural laity happening. Remember, that you may count anyone from your church who attend Laity Summit as part of your average weekly worship attendance for that day – and to sweeten the deal even more, if you send 2 people, you may count them as four, four gets counted as eight, six as 12, eight as 16 and 10 as 20 (that’s where we’ll draw the double or nothing line.) To help you promote this event, the conference communications team has provided some downloadable resources – bulletin inserts, posters – on the main Laity Summit page.
Mike Ford tells me that we can accommodate as many as 1,200 people for this event, so let’s fill up Texas Hall at UTA for Laity Summit 2019.