Methodists/Lay Leaders


What are the responsibilities of the Lay Leader in the Methodist Church?  Are there special requirements to become Lay Leader?  What is a Lay Leader?

Dear Susan:

    The Lay Leader of each church is nominated by the Committee on Nominations and Leadership and elected by the Charge Conference. The Lay Leader is a professing member of the church involved. Duties include: Helping the church realize what the laity can do, in church and in the community/world, to minister and to help people; meeting with the pastor to discuss the state of the church and its needs; membership in several major committees of the church; receiving training for the job; advising the church council/Board of what the church is about and things it can be doing; informing the laity of training available.
    These duties are outlined in Paragraph 251 of the 2012 Discipline of The United Methodist Church. Cokesbury ( has a booklet for sale on the duties of the Lay Leader.


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The Rev. William E. Olewiler


United Methodist church structure and doctrine. Science and religion. Christian Education and the Sunday School. Religion and race. Women in the church. United Methodist pastor for 22 years. Member, commissions on Religion and Race and Status and Role of Women. Masters in Divinity and Religious Education.


Ordained deacon and elder, United Methodist Church. District and conference leadership.

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, George Washington University, Washington DC Master of Arts, Political Science, Brown University, Providence RI Master of Arts, Teaching Secondary Social Studies, Teachers College/Columbia University, New York NY Master of Divinity, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC Doctor of Ministry, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC

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