Petition 80263

Print this page
Submitted TextClose Window X

Ministry of the Laity (80263-FO-¶100)

Add a new ¶126 as follows and renumber as appropriate:
126. The Ministry of the Laity—The lay members of The United Methodist Church are, by history and calling, active advocates of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, accepting the responsibility to carry out the Great Commission. Every lay person is called to be evangelistic; every lay person is a missionary. The witness of the laity, their Christ-like examples of everyday living as well as their sharing of the Gospel, is the primary evangelistic ministry through which the lost will find Jesus Christ and The United Methodist Church will grow.  

Rationale

There is not presently a statement in the Discipline concerning the role of the laity in carrying out the ministry of The United Methodist Church. This paragraph would model our highest hopes for the role laity can and should play in carrying out the Great Commission.