The laity of each church is the backbone of every church. We are vital to the growth of the church and spreading God’s word. Wesley feared the movement known as Methodists would vanish from the earth.
Lay Leaders in our churches are important ‘messengers’, as they are continually
making themselves aware of opportunities for the laity in their church. As of July 1, 2020 the West District is fortunate to introduce the following.
The murder of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the hate crime causing George Floyd’s horrific death have brought our nation and our church to a tipping place. The Appointive Cabinet denounces the sin of systemic racism and commits to taking action to end a culture of white privilege in our society and in our church.
In Jesus’ discussion with a legal expert in Luke 10:27, we hear what God wants from us; “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27, Common English Bible-CEB) Love your neighbor as yourself. Hmmm, just who is he referring to—my extended family, the people who live nearby, people who look like me and act like me? The legal expert wanted that clarified and asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”