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Board of Lay Ministries

Ministries of Faith in Action

Adapted from the Book of Discipline

The Desert Southwest Conference Lay Leader is the elected leader of the Conference laity and is responsible for fostering awareness of the role of the laity within the church and beyond while working to achieve the mission of the Church. The Lay Leader also has general responsibility in:

  1. developing the advocacy role for laity in the life of the Church;
  2. increasing the participation of laity in the sessions and structure of the annual conference;
  3. encouraging laypersons in the general ministry of the Church.

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BSA Update

BSA Update

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What is your passion?

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God Moments

God Moments

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Hard Choices

Hard Choices

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Alberta Farnsworth

Alberta Farnsworth

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Rev. Javier Olivares

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