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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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Mission u 2023
Mission u 2023

Mission u 2023

Join us at Mission u as we explore the good news and what it means for our lives! Jesus’ teachings in the Gospels proclaim the good news of the kin-dom or reign (basileia) of God. In fact, Jesus mentions the kin-dom 90 times in the Synoptic Gospels! What does the...

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A candle named Gratitude

A candle named Gratitude

How many of us have looked at store shelves filled with candles with labels describing the scent? There could be Springtime, Winter Berries, Lavender, Lemon, Peace, Joy, and even Watermelon! After locating and reading through a few books and websites, I found the...



It’s that time of the year.   It’s Thanksgiving. Cool-weather, trees changing color, leaves falling, football.  The day we gather with family and friends to celebrate.   Too often we think of thanksgiving only as being the fourth Thursday...


Alberta Farnsworth

Alberta Farnsworth

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