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David Gilmore
District Superintendent
David Gilmore

Jenny Allen
District Administrator and dCOM Registrar
Jenny Allen

Jackie Kimble
Administrative Assistant
Jackie Kimble

(816) 737-1114
4731 Cochise Dr., Ste 222
Independence, Missouri 64055

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Lay Leadership

The Methodist Movement is a laity-led movement. Now, more than ever, laity are needed across the Missouri Conference. We need educated, empowered and equipped laity to lead our churches.

We believe that all are called to be servants for Jesus. That doesn’t need a title or status. And we believe that we are all called in different ways – some to preach, some to teach, some to lead, some to offer comfort, some to build, some to organize – the list goes on and on.

The Missouri Conference is committed to educating and empowering laity to go out, using the gifts each of us has been given, and be the hands and feet of Jesus and to ensure laity in Missouri are equipped for the needs unique to our Conference.

How We Equip Laity

Educational opportunities equip laity for all levels of service to the local church. Whether you’re looking to learn more about our United Methodist connection or pursuing a certified status, there are classes and resources available for you! Many of these courses are available on our Absorb Self-Paced Learning Portal (coming in mid-January 2023!). Use the links below to explore the different options:

If you are pursuing a certified status, make sure to check out the newly revamped Pathway to Certified Lay Ministry document that will guide your steps.

Upcoming Lay Ministry Events

Ministry of All Believers (formerly Basic)

Date: February 11, 2023
Location: Chillicothe

Ministry of All Believers (formerly Basic)

Date: February 18, 2023
Location: Sedalia

Ministry of All Believers (formerly Basic)

Date: February 25, 2023
Location: Warsaw

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Northwest District Laity Leadership

Lori Bruens

District Lay Leader

Bruce Hageman

District Lay Leader

Carla King

District Lay Leader

Dr Yvette Richards

District Lay Education Coordinator

Jai Vaughn

District Lay Leader

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