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New Lay Member Orientation

Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 7 p.m. CDT

Are you a new lay member to Annual Conference? Not sure what your role is during the Annual Conference session and what to expect? Join the Conference Lay Leadership team for a New Member Orientation. We will go over what to expect, helpful hints for success and your role as a representative of your local church. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions and connect with the Conference Lay Leadership team as a resource during AC and beyond. This session is open to all new lay members from the local church, district appointees, youth representatives and those with a lay vote due to their role in the Great Plains Conference.


Pre-Annual Conference Information for Laity

Welcome to Laity

Legislation Primer for Laity

Voting Instructions


Annual Conference workbook

The Annual Conference Workbook is now available. Download the workbook here.

If you would like to purchase a hard copy of the workbook the cost is $25Order your hard copy of the workbook here.


Celebrate your laity ministry story

The Conference Lay Leadership team is collecting ministry stories and celebrations from laity to feature during this year’s virtual Annual Conference Laity Session. The stories can be of ministries led by laity in your churches (new and established), outreach efforts, adjustments you have made due to COVID, mission and justice work. They can feature individual work or a team. We have discovered that by sharing the stories of laity in ministry in our conference that others are inspired to think about how they can maybe do something like that in their churches and communities. It also honors our work as a community in being the church in action.

Stories and celebrations to think about:

  • Lay driven ministries that are happening in your churches that you want people to know about.
  • Examples of lay leadership moments in your churches and districts.
  • New ministries that emerged or ministries that were adapted due to the pandemic
  • Thoughts and plans for what your church will look like or be like as there is a return to a sense of normalcy.

Here is how to submit your story and celebration

  • Record a video telling your story. Videos can be recorded via your cell phone, using the record button on Zoom or other methods for capturing video. Nothing fancy or elaborate is wanted or expected.
  • Please keep your video in the 2-3 minute range.
  • Submit your video via
    • How to use WeTransfer
      • Click on the icon to add your file
      • enter your email address
      • In your message give your name, church name (please also include town and state), and that this video is a “Lay Ministry Story and Celebration.”

If you have any questions or concerns about submitting something in video format please contact Lisa Maupin, conference lay leader.

Let’s tell the story of Great Plains Laity and the work that you are doing every day to transform the world!


Great Plains Laity Slam

What is a slam, you may ask?

A slam is a fun, interactive, high energy event where presenters give five-minute talks about their hopes and dreams for their local church, their lay leadership and beyond. Contestants will be given a framing question for their presentation. Think TED Talk meets story time meets the vision of Laity in Great Plains!

The audience cheers the participants on and select their favorites. Prizes will be awarded to the favorite vote getters.

Framing Question for the Slam

Slam participants will be asked to use this framing question to guide their talk:

"Our conference vision is 'Great Leaders, Great Churches, Great Disciples, Transformed World!' Tell a story about a time you saw your part of the world transformed because of lay ministry. How does that inspire your future leadership and ministry plans in the local church and community?"

Looking for a few eager participants!

Laity interested in being a presenter will need to submit a two-minute video describing what they would like to present based on the framing question. Bear in mind that having fun and audience engagement is as important as communicating content. Visual Aids such as powerpoint are not permitted. Need inspiration? Think TED Talk!

Videos must be submitted by May 15 for consideration. Selected presentations will be notified shortly after the deadline so they can prepare the full 5 minute presentation.

Submit your video via

  • How to use WeTransfer:
    • Click on the icon to add your file
    • Enter your email address
    • In your message give your name, church name (please also include town and state), and that this video is a “Lay Ministry Slam Submission.”

Participants must be laity and all laity and laity groups are encouraged to participate.

Others Ways to Engage

Not interested in being a slam participant? That’s okay! Events like these are only successful if others get involved beyond being a presenter.

  • Be an audience member and cheer on your fellow lay presenters.
  • Recruit laity that you think would be a good presenter and encourage them to participate.
  • Ponder the framing question and think about how you would answer it and use it as inspiration for your work as a lay leader in the Great Plains.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Maupin, Conference Lay Leader.