From the Desk of the Connectional Lay Council’s General President Yvonne A. Tracey
Connectional Lay Council :: Yvonne TraceyWhy should I feel discouraged……His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me; Laity, we should count this time as our finest hour in and for Zion! The true sign of a committed and faithful laity is evidenced in our rising to higher heights when it appears that our backs are against the walls of the many individual and collective challenges at all levels in Zion. First, let me congratulate all who have helped to push the mission and objectives of the CLC higher heights. For the past three years we have increased memberships; changed from “workshops” to implementing the Lay Academy; elected, as opposed to appointing our local, district and conference officers; showed up in increased numbers to connectional meeting and participated in the drafting of several resolutions for the General Conference. The voices of Zion’s Laity are reverberating as they have not done in recent times. More importantly, I sense that we are more conscience of our role as strategic partners with the ordained clergy in fulfilling the mandate to make disciples for Jesus Christ through our ministries. Although, these changes are evident in many areas of Zion, in too many areas we still have a long ways to go.

Pressing on us now is the opportunity to close out this quadrennial in grand style. Starting with this very moment we must consider ourselves to be in the Pre-Lay Quadrennial Convention wind-down mode. To this end, we need to focus strategically on the following action items:

  1. Planning a noteworthy celebration of Connectional Lay Day as we make it a goal to win over somebody to “Come with Us to Christ”.

  2. Collect and send the Lay Sunday offering to the CLC Central Office post haste.

  3. Ensure every viable church in Zion have at least three names on the CLC Membership roll. (Pastor, Trustee and Steward Board Chairs.) It only counts if you send in the portions allocated to the district, conference and connectional levels.

  4. Plan to register and attend the 10th Quadrennial Lay Convention in Montgomery, AL. July 27 – August 1, 2013.

  5. Mentor our youth, young adults; evangelize, encourage and edify our local church families.

  6. Develop an informed and loyal body of laity in the local church, district and conference through the dissemination of good information.

  7. Extend your hands of support and prayers to all departments in Zion and especially to the Board of Bishops.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.  - Proverbs 3: 5-6

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