Submitted by Myrna Prentice
Board of Laity, Mountain Sky Conference
One of the results of the Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone Conferences becoming the Mountain Sky Conference is that the number of Conference Co-Lay Leaders is now three. According to the rules established by a joint laity committee, one person was elected in 2018, and two will be elected in 2020. Every co-lay leader serves a four-year term and can run for re-election once, for a term limit of eight years.
While Gayla Jo Slauson is the lay leader elected in 2018 (her first term), Margaret Hotze is completing her second term (eight years of service), and Don McCammon, as of today, has not committed to running for a second term.
We, the laity - and specifically the Conference Board of Lay Ministry (BOLM) - are seeking qualified candidates to fill these two positions.
Please read the information below, and if you are interested in submitting your name, please fill out the candidacy application form available online. (Note: The printed deadline for application was April 10, 2020; however, with all the postponements we have encountered this month, this deadline has been extended until May 10.
A Conference Lay Leader is a person who has experience in lay leadership positions within the local church and district. This person is aware of the responsibilities of the position and must be aware of the role of laity in mission and ministry within the congregation and the district and annual conference, as well as the opportunities for witness and mission through their ministries in the home, workplace, community, and world. The Conference Lay Leader provides direction both spiritually and procedurally to the Conference Board of Laity and Conference Committee on Lay Servant Ministries in cooperation with the Annual Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries.
The Conference Lay Leader is a member of the annual conference sessions, and he or she should attend the annual conference sessions. Conference Lay Leaders are responsible for planning and leading the annual conference laity sessions. Membership on other conference related committees – [including the conference roundtable, the rules committee, the episcopacy committee, annual conference arrangements committee, and others – is expected.]
An effective Conference Lay Leader works with the Conference Board of Laity to enable and support lay participation in the planning and decision-making processes of the annual conference, districts, and local congregations in cooperation with the bishop, district superintendents, and pastors of local congregations.
. . . [T]he Conference Lay Leader relates to the organized lay groups within the annual conference and supports their ministries;
. . . works with the District Lay Leaders to develop the advocacy role for laity in the life of the church and encourage and equip laity in the general ministry of the church;
. . . meets with the cabinet on matters of programming within the annual conference and meets regularly with the bishop to discuss the state of the annual conference and needs for ministry both locally and globally.
Spiritual gifts: encouragement (exhortation), leadership, wisdom, discernment, apostleship, administration, shepherding, teaching.
It is recommended that the Conference Lay Leader be a Certified Lay Servant, and he/she should have experience in leadership at the district level and/or conference level. Examples include: some experience in leadership, ability to communicate effectively, good listening skills, organizational skills, ability to share vision, set goals, and monitor progress and lead meetings.
– from Conference and District Lay Leaders Manual, pp. 23-25
(Note: Similar information can be found in Paragraph 607 of the 2016 Book of Discipline.)
If you are interested in submitting your name, please fill out the candidacy application form available below. (Note: The printed deadline for application was April 10, 2020; however, with all the postponements we have encountered this month, this deadline has been extended until May 10.
For more information, please email Margaret Hotze at firstname.lastname@example.org.