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Lay Ministry Resources


Resources for Lay Leaders:


Laity Sunday:

Laity Sunday 2019: Therefore Go! With Hope Through Purpose


History of Laity Sunday:


Celebration of Laity (video):


Local Church Lay Leaders/Lay Members to Annual Conference: What’s My Job?


Cardboard Testimonies:
(there are many others, as well—just google “cardboard testimonies”)



Dancing with Words by Ray Buckley

Tell Stories by Ray Buckley

Speaking Well by Adam Hamilton

Five Marks of a Methodist: The Fruit of a Living Faith by Steve Harper

Three Simple Questions: Knowing the God of Love, Hope and Purpose by Rueben P. Job

Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living by Reuben P. Job

Three Simple Rules that Will Change the World by Reuben P. Job

Can You Just Get Them Through Until Christmas? The Turnaround Story of One Lay Minister and Two Small, Rural Churches by Pastor Margie Briggs  (Note: This is written by a lay speaker who agreed to “temporarily” lead two small churches.  You will need tissues!  It is evidence of the ministry that laity can provide.)


Spiritual Gifts Inventory:


Care Ministry Resources:

Fact sheets & tip sheets on a number of health & caregiver topics.  Information is in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, & Tagalog.  

Webinars & other Training Opportunities at Discipleship Ministries (all topics!).

Online Classes on Care Ministries and Many Other Topics at Be A Disciple.

Our Journey of Hope Cancer Care.



The Caring Congregation: Training Manual and Resource Guide by Karen Lampe

Aging and Ministry in the 21st Century: An Inquiry Approach by Richard H. Gentzler, Jr.

Living Compassion: Loving Like Jesus by Andrew Dreitcer

Pastoral Prayers for the Hospital Visit by Sara Webb Phillips

Moving Miss Peggy by Robert Benson

Pray for Me: The Power in Praying for Others by Kenneth H. Carter Jr.

The Upper Room is making their May-June, 2020 issue available online due to Covid-19.  Not only are they making the devotional booklet available in both English and Spanish, but they are also making available their booklets of pocket prayers: Prayers for Comfort, Prayers for Courage, Prayers for Hope, and Prayers for Times of Illness.  All are downloadable at no cost, and we are encouraged to share these resources with others.  You will find these booklets here:

Powerful Tools for Caregivers class – Telehealth/online Dates: Wednesdays, June 10 – July 15, 2020 Times: 2:00pm – 4:00 pm Fee: $25 per participant to cover cost of book Registration: Email us at and include your name, mailing address and phone number. Registration Deadline: June 3, 2020 Workshop will be conducted using Zoom –... Read more ›


National Suicide Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255


MN Dept. of Health, Disaster Mental/Behavioral Health and Emergency Preparedness:



Beyond the Broken Heart: A Journey through Grief curriculum. This is just ONE OF MANY RESOURCES available at, offered by Church of the Resurrection.  Users must register & create a password to have access to this resource library that includes information in the categories of curriculum, ministry forms, creative ideas, training, podcasts, & sermon series. 


Anxiety & Depression:

Anxiety & Depression Association of America:


American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry:



Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

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(612) 870-0058